SAN DIEGO – April 19, 2013 – Super welterweight star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico (41-0-1, 30 KOs) didn’t have to face an opponent as tough as Austin Trout of Las Cruces, New Mexico (26-0, 14 KOs).
But Alvarez told his promoter Oscar 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.
Now fans have a dandy match-up to see on Saturday night on Showtime, at 10 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Pacific. Watch with us at Communities as we talk about all the action.
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, still just 22, is a straight forward power puncher who likes to put on pressure early slug it out. He doesn’t play tactical games. Trout, 27, 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.
The fighters weighed in before a huge crowd in San Antonio Friday. 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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