WBA junior middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (24-0, 14 KOs) is in heavy training for his third title defense, against Delvin “EL Peligro” Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KOs) on June 2, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. “Training is going good. I’m tired, so it’s doing its job,” said Trout. “I’m excited. I can’t wait for June 2 to come. I’m working so hard right now and it’s all going good. I’m more excited now than I’ve ever been. In fact, I’m trying to curb it back because it’s making my days go real slow.”
26-year-old Trout lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he, long-time trainer Louie Burke, and strength and conditioning coach Siju Shabazz have been putting in the work. “I run in the morning and do sprints, about four miles. Then we go to the gym for sparring and skills and drills, do about 20 rounds. Then my strength coach takes over and we get into calisthenics and biometric workout after that. It’s rough.”
Trout says he respects Rodriguez, but says this fight will be a wonderful chance to showcase his skills.
“He’s a good fighter. I’m glad to be able to have a fight like this on this stage against an exciting guy like him, but honestly, I don’t feel like he’s on my level. It’ll be a good fight. He’s a warrior and he brings a hard fight for all 12 rounds, but I think I can get him out of there in the late rounds. It might be closer early, but I’ll pull away in the later rounds for sure.”
The 12-round Trout vs. Rodriguez clash will be part of a scheduled TV quadrupleheader that also includes former light heavyweight champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) taking on unbeaten power puncher Lateef “Power” Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s); Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) vs. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s); and Vusi “Marvelous” Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s) going against undefeated Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantamweight world championship.