SAN DIEGO – April 20, 2013 – Oscar de la Hoya can relax, and celebrate a big victory for one of the biggest stars in the Golden Boy Promotion lineup.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez thrilled the 38,000 fans at the Alamodome in San Antonio and many more watching on Showtime with a unanimous 12-round decision over a tough Austin “No Doubt” Trout.
The judges scored it this way: Rey Danseco had it 115-112, Oren Shellenberger had it 116-111, and Stanely Christodoulos scored it a lopsided 118-109.
It was a more active, less tactical fight from Trout than expected, which provided plenty of action for the fans to enjoy. Trout ended up being the more active fighter, throwing more punches overall.
But Alvarez connected on more power shots, including the signature punch of the fight, a straight as a string right hand that took Trout’s feet out from underneath him as he hit the canvas early in the seventh round. He got up quickly, but the damage was done. It was the first time in Trout’s professional career that he has been put on the canvas.
Still, Alvarez could not finish Trout off in the round, much credit to the tough fighter from New Mexico. Trout continued to try and get to Alvarez, but he could not connect with enough force and he didn’t have enough time left to wear Alvarez out with body shots or jabs.
After the bout, Alvarez said, “Austin Trout is a difficult fighter, but we were more intelligent today. The better the opponent, the better we get… The velocity was definitely a factor. If an opponent fights here (Alvarez held his hand shoulder high), I will fight here (holds his hand highter).”
Alvarez told the fans in San Antonio he felt a big responsibility to them, and he was grateful for all of the fans who came out for the fight. Alvarez also admitted that winning the belt to avenge his brother Rigoberto’s earlier loss to Trout was motivating.
Trout, now 26-1 with 14 KOs, admitted after the fight, “He (Alvarez) was the better man tonight. I accept my defeat, humbly…I had to come out of my comfort zone.” Trout says he didn’t underestimate Alvarez, but he boxed and moved better than he though he would. “We were prepared for a different fighter, he surprised us.”
Trout, 27, says Alvarez simply caught him with a good shot, and now he will go back to the drawing board. “I learn more from my losses than my wins.” Trout said he hopes that he might get another shot at all the belts Alvarez now.
Alvarez is asked if he wants to fight Mayweather next. He answers in English, “I hope so - maybe.” Don’t bet on it. Mayweather has a six fight deal with Showtime, and he won’t want to see it derailed by risking a loss to Alvarez. At this point, Alvarez is too big for Mayweather.
The more likely matchup and one fans would applaud is Alvarez and Argentinean Sergio Martinez, who fights next Saturday in Buenos Aires. They are both strong punchers, both straight ahead fighters who love nothing better than to connect with power. Martinez is a little more reckless in his willingness to take a shot to make a shot, and while it’s risky it’s also exciting.
As an aside and because you’re thinking about it, Alvarez (and Martinez for that matter) aren’t willing to risk a loss to Gennady Golovkin at this point. They wouldn’t make enough money. Give Golovkin time to built his fan base beyond hardcore fight fans and the day will come eventually.
This was a good test for both fighters due to their styles and temperament. Alvarez showed the ability to connect with power, which fans love. He provied he could take some punishment from an opponent on the way to a win, and this is imperative along the way in a fighter’s career. See Khan, Amir.
Trout engaged in a more active fight, but his connect percentage was only 20 percent. He’ll need to improve that connect percentage to be successful in his upcoming fights.
In the undercard fight, lightweight Omar Figueroa Jr. (21-0-1, 17 KOs) of Texas was aggressive from the opening bell, and dropped Abner Cotto (16-1, 7 KOs) of Puerto Rico early in the first round before finishing him off with 58 seconds left. It was impressive and made the Texas fans mighty happy. Figueroa is a great interview, smart, and a fighter to watch.
The final winner of the night: the city of San Antonio, which turned out in big numbers to support tonight’s event. Promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions promised in the post-fight news conference that he would come back to San Antonio, and hopes to bring a pay-per-view event with three or four title fights in the near future.
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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- Boxers Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, right, lands a punch on Austin Trout, left, during during the ninth round of a 154-pound title unification bout, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in San Antonio. Alvarez won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
- Boxer Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, left, tries to avoid a punch by Austin Trout, right, during the ninth round of a 154-pound title unification bout, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in San Antonio. Alvarez won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
- Boxers Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, left, lands a punch on Austin Trout, right, during the 12th round of a 154-pound title unification bout, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in San Antonio. Alvarez won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
- Boxer Austin Trout, right, protects himself as Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, left, throws a punch during the 11th round of a 154-pound title unification bout, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in San Antonio. Alvarez won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
- Boxers Saul "Canelo" Alvarez celebrates his win over Austin Trout after their 154-pound title unification bout in San Antonio, Saturday, April 20, 2013. Alvarez won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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