SAN DIEGO – April 19, 2013 – Oscar de la Hoya is crossing his fingers.
After his easy fifth round TKO victory over Josesito Lopez last September, boxing fans buzzed about whom the hot ticket super welterweight star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico (41-0-1, 30 KOs) should be fighting next.
Alvarez called out Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto, who was in attendance at the fight, and there were rumors the two would meet for a classic Mexico/Puerto Rico matchup.
Cotto’s December opponent Austin Trout of Las Cruces, New Mexico got a say in the matter and Trout took out Cotto in a unanimous decision (26-0, 14 KOs). There was no doubt that “No Doubt” Trout was the winner. He convinced a lot of fight fans to believe in him. Unlike some previous fights, he put on a good show. He was by far the stronger man, connecting with superior precision and getting hit far less often.
At the end of the fight, Trout, 27, called out Alvarez, 22, who was sitting ringside watching the fight, anticipating a bout with Cotto.
Alvarez told his promoter De La Hoya of Golden Boy he wanted the fight. Alvarez wanted to silence his critics who say he hasn’t faced any tough opponents; and he wanted to avenge his brother Rigoberto’s title loss to Trout two years ago. De La Hoya has admitted he wasn’t happy about Alvarez taking on, but he admires him for taking a risk and it could pay off big. Trout was all about it, and now fans have a dandy match-up to see on Saturday night.
Both fighters deserve a lot of credit for taking each other on and risking an undefeated record, instead of going through the motions with tune-up fights while waiting on the possibility of fighting Mayweather or perhaps Sergio Martinez later this year.
As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for. After Saturday night’s bout in front of an anticipated sellout crowd of 38,000 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, one of these men will walk away with his first professional defeat.
This is a test for both fighters due to their styles and temperament. Alvarez is a straight forward power puncher who likes to put on pressure early slug it out. He doesn’t play tactical games. He hasn’t ever taken a lot of punishment on his way to his 41 wins. We know he can hit, but can he get hit or evade getting hit successfully?
Trout is a southpaw, and while Alvarez likes southpaws, Trout is a tactical counterpuncher. It’s not a style fans always like, but they like it fine when a fighter keeps winning big, and that’s exactly what Trout has been doing against quality opponents who were supposed to beat him. Trout isn’t a guy who reads the script ahead of time.
Whether family revenge will provide extra motivation for Alvarez, Trout says it’s not a big deal to him. He says he respects Alvarez for not ducking him, and he thanked fans for speaking up and calling for the fight. “I think it was the outcry from the fans that put the pressure to make him make those demands,” Trout said.
The fighters weighed in before a huge crowd in San Antonio this afternoon. Alvarez weighed 153.5 pounds; Trout 153.25 pounds. The video and photos show both fighters to be in top condition.
It’s a big risk, big reward fight for both boxers. They know it, the fans know it, and the atmosphere will be electric.
The undercard fight will benefit from the energy and attention to the main event. And we still have a Cotto on the card. Lightweight Omar Figueroa Jr. (20-0-1, 16 KOs) of Weslaco, Texas fights Puerto Rico’s Abner Cotto (16-0, 7 KOs), who is Miguel Cotto’s cousin, in a scheduled 10-round fight. This is another battle of unbeatens and more formidable competition for both boxers.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Watch highlights of Friday’s Alvarez and Cotto weigh-in here.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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