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Austin Trout wants Canelo or Lara rematch after Daniel Dawson fight

Austin Trout Daniel Dawson Trout vs. Dawson Trout-Dawson(Photo credit: Goosen Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-2, 14 KOs) is hoping to get a win over Daniel Dawson (40-3-1, 26 KOs) in their fight on Friday night on ESPN, and using to get a much bigger fight against either Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Erislandy Lara so that he can avenge his defeats against the two fighters.


Trout suffered disappointing losses to both guys in 2013, and he believes he lost the fights to them because he wasn’t fighting his own fight. He was forcing the action them, and getting the worst of it.

In Trout’s defeat to Canelo last year in April, Trout kind of had no other choice but to turn into the aggressor because the fight had open scoring and the three judges had Canelo up by a wide margin after the first 4 rounds.


Canelo appeared to getting dominated in the first 4 rounds, but the judges were only watching his occasional big shots he’d land rather than Trout’s more numerous weaker punches. In Trout’s defeat to Lara, he was simply out of his league and didn’t have the tools to make it competitive.

“This is a fight where I’m going to show the boxing world I’m back and I really haven’t gone anywhere,” Trout said to ESPN. “I had a bad year and that’s that. The best of Austin Trout hasn’t been seen, and I feel like I’m tapping into that now. We know he’s strong. He’s got a good knockout ratio. I’m very rematch-minded.”

Trout is no better or worse than he was before his losses to Canelo and Lara. Trout doesn’t have the punching power or the chin to stand in the pocket and beat the top guys. If the judges are going to focus mainly on his opponents landing the bigger shots, then it’s going to make it tough for Trout to ever beat guys like Lara and Canelo no matter how good he looks.

“I’d love to get Canelo or Lara in the next fight,” Trout said. “We know it’s a business and we also know you work your way back, and that’s what I plan on doing. When I watched Cotto dismantle Sergio Martinez, it confirmed to me I’m still a threat. The guy that beat Cotto is still here, and in all honesty the best is yet to come. I will be victorious and my hand will be raised at the end of the night.”

The only way that Canelo will ever fight Trout again is if he puts together a good winning streak and beats some top names. Beating Daniel Dawson isn’t a big enough win for Trout to get a rematch against Canelo. It’s going to take wins over the likes of Lara, Vanes Martirosyan, James Kirkland and Demetrius Andrade for Trout to get consideration from Canelo for a rematch.


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