Trout: I could’ve done better against Mayweather than Canelo
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KO’s) wasn’t impressed at all in the way that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September in a 12 round decision losing effort. Trout says Canelo’s performance not only made him look bad, but it also made himself look bad because he had lost to Canelo last April, albeit by a decision that Trout didn’t agree with.
Trout said this via Golden Boy Promotions twitter “I kept thinking ‘@caneloOfficial is making us both look bad’ during his fight with Floyd Mayweather. I could’ve done better.”
There’s no question that Trout would have done better than Canelo, because he wouldn’t have made the mistake of going to the ropes for breathers the way that Canelo did on numerous occasions and letting Floyd tee off on him from that position. Trout would have used his jab much more frequently than Canelo did, and he would have looked to counter Mayweather. Caenlo was fighting tentatively through the first six rounds of the fight, like he was afraid to mix it up with Floyd.
In rounds 9 through 12, Canelo seemed to get mad and go after Floyd, but this led to Canelo getting caught with a lot of quick right hands from Mayweather. Canelo fought like he didn’t have a clue what he was doing, and he didn’t appear to have a real plan. When Canelo went up against the ropes to catch his wind, he stood there and tried to use head movement to avoid Mayweather’s shots like he had done against Trout, and it didn’t work at all. Mayweather was able to hit Canelo cleanly repeatedly even with him trying to look clever by using head movement.
Trout has an important fight coming up next month on December 7th against Cuban Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KO’s) for the vacant WBA junior middleweight title at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. This is going to be a real interesting fight for Trout because he’ll be facing a boxer/puncher with good speed and a slick style like his own fighting style.
Trout wants as rematch against Canelo, and he wants fights against guys like Mayweather and a rematch against Miguel Cotto. But if he can’t get past Lara, then that’ll crush his hopes of getting one of those guys in the ring to face him. Even if Trout beats Lara, it’s likely going to take a long time before he’ll get someone like Canelo to face him again. I don’t think Mayweather will ever agree to fight Trout, and I don’t see Cotto ever choosing to fight him again.
Trout says he wants to fight Canelo again but this time in Las Vegas, Nevada, and not in Texas like last time. Trout likely doesn’t want the open scoring to be used again like it was in his fight against Canelo, because that threw him off his game when the lopsided scores of the three judges were announced. Trout should have ignored the scores and focused on his own game, but with the three judges giving Canelo almost every round despite the fact that he was throwing few punches, it put Trout in the position where he had to take the fight to Canelo.