It’s only fitting that the hottest new nightclub in Las Cruces, New Mexico, “M FIVE” would host one the hottest new boxing stars on the scene, Las Cruces’ own, WBA Super Welterweight Champion Austin Trout. Both brought a lot of class, style, and a touch of Las Vegas, if you will, to a hometown press conference, Wednesday afternoon.
Trout (26-0, 14 KOs) will face WBC’s version of the 154 lb. champ, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) in a rare unification fight on April 20th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. It is rare in boxing that two fighters in their prime face each other with so much on the line.
“I want to bring back the old days when champs fought each other, (Tommy) Hearns fought (Ray) Leonard, and (Marvin) Hagler fought both of them, they all fought each other,” Trout said on Wednesday. “I want to bring those days back.”
Getting big fights, and the Alvarez showdown, was no easy task.
“Golden Boy (Alvarez’s promotional company) did everything they could to stop this fight,” said Trout. “But the public demanded that he either fight Mayweather or Trout or you’re a punk.”
Most ring aficionados say this will be Alvarez’s toughest fight, though most believe the same for Trout.
“I don’t think he has his man strength yet,” says Trout. “I will impose my will on him. I am going to take him out of his comfort level.
“I have to bring my ‘A’ game, box and bang, but I have the tools with my jab and foot work.”
Trout who defeated Alvarez’s older brother, Rigoberto, for the title two years ago vows to do the same to “Canelo.”
“I want to clean up this division, I took the belt from his brother and I am going to take his, too.”
Louie Burke, Trout’s trainer, talked about camp preparation.
“We are going earlier this time [to Ruidoso, N.M.],” says Burke. “We need the isolation. After Cotto there were lots of distractions.”
Burke, who has been with Trout his entire career said, “It has been great to see this guy grow from amateurs to pros. It’s been a hard road…but you can’t put a money figure on that experience.”
When asked about the pro-Canelo crowd that will be at the Alamodome, Trout showed little concern, saying, “The crowd can’t help him. We’re alone in that ring, and if they (the crowd) think they can get this fish out of water, think again.
“This fish can moonwalk.”
This fight offers a classic match-up, the boxer (Trout) versus the puncher (Alvarez). There is an old saying in boxing, speed will always beat power and a stylist can defeat a brawler. The key to this fight is how it will be contested. Will it be contested in the center of the ring where Trout will have the advantage? Or, will it be fought at close quarters giving the advantage to Alvarez? An intriguing matchup for sure, scribes, devotees and casual sports fans, don’t miss this one.