By Karl Freitag
When WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout steps into the ring against WBC counterpart Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, 36,000+ boxing fans will be in attendance, and most will be cheering for Alvarez. However, Trout has plenty of experience fighting and winning in hostile territory. “It’s never affected me before and I don’t plan on it affecting me again,” says Trout. “The crowd can’t do anything but cheer for him. They can’t even give him water. They can’t breathe for him. They can’t punch for him. So I’m not worried about the crowd.”
Trout won the title against Canelo’s brother Rigoberto Alvarez in Alvarez’ hometown of Guadalajara. His first defense was against Mexican David “The Destroyer” Lopez in Mexico. His most recent fight was against Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto in New York City, Cotto’s home away from home.
Not only does Trout know how to win in the other guy’s backyard, he knows how to take out his opponents’ fan support as well. “If they’re going against me, my goal is to set them up, not give them anything to cheer for and that’s the same mind set we’re going into this fight. If they don’t have anything to cheer for then they won’t be able to cheer. I know in the beginning, of course, while they’re excited they’re going to cheer for everything he does. If he sneezes my way they’ll go and get excited for it, but eventually as the fight goes on you’ll see the crowd getting quieter and quieter or even switch to my side like they’ve done before.”