Austin Trout ready to reinvent himself against Erislandy Lara
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KO’s) is ready to bounce back from his controversial decision from last April at the hands of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and take it out on Cuban Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KO’s) in their fight this Saturday night on Showtime at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Trout doesn’t have to worry about open scoring or a huge pro-Lara crowd like he did last April with Trout fighting in front of 40,000 Canelo fans at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. As such, Trout can box Lara and fight without having to look over his shoulder at the inflated scoring the judges gave to Canelo.
“Earlier this year I may have lost it, but I learned a lot from it and it’s made me the better, stronger fighter, a stronger man,” Trout said. “You all are going to see the reinvention of Austin Trout Saturday night.”
Although listed at just one-half inch taller than the 5’9″ Lara, Trout looks at least an inch and a half taller than him, and with the bigger frame. Trout will have the advantage in size, and he’ll also be helped with him being a southpaw too, which will take the normal advantage that the southpaw Lara has over his opponents. You take that advantage away from Lara, and he’s a pretty basic fighter that has stamina problems and issues handling body shots. Trout no doubt will have seen how Lara’s last opponent Alfredo Angulo was able to hurt Lara with body shots, and he’ll be looking to do the same thing with him on Saturday night.
Lara was able to connect with straight left hands to the head of Angulo again and again last June in his 10th round TKO win, but it’s going to be a lot harder for Lara to land those same shots against Trout on Saturday night because he won’t be surprised by the straight lefts the way that Angulo was in fighting out of the orthodox stance.