This was a truly intriguing match-up coming in and this fight exceeded expectations ; When a fight lives up to expectations, it truly is exceeding them. So many of them do not live up to the hype, both Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) and Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KOs) fought to exceed the high expectations thrust upon them. As of now thousands, if not million of boxing fans are disputing the outcome or already have.
Canelo Alvarez edged Austin Trout much in the same way Oscar De La Hoya edged Ike Quartey in their classic 1999 bout. In a close fight, where the fight could reasonably be scored six rounds to six, a knockdown can serve as the difference maker. In the seventh, Alvarez was the man to come through with the biggest moment of the fight and prove he was the superior puncher. Trout, 27, showed early on and through much of the first half that he was the superior boxer. He bewildered Alvarez with movement, craft, smarts, quickness and constantly using the jab.
Trout’s southpaw stance in the first half perhaps had gained himself an edge. However, lefties are more often hit by the right hand of right-handed fighters. The southpaw stance helped put him in position to be nailed by the right hand Alvarez landed in the seventh to sway the momentum and scoring. It left an imprint. Too big of an imprint for some. Particularly, the judges ringside (and many believe this to be a all-too common occurrence with the Texas State Athletic Commission) who had Alvarez the victor by such a preposterous margin coming into the final stretch, that boxing fans may have been robbed of an even greater fought championship rounds.
With Alvarez cruising, he knew he did not have to fight with the same desperation in what ough to have been a closely scored fight that Trout did and had to. Which may, or may not have put Trout at a style disadvantage. Trout, being boxer, was aware that he was behind. Thus forcing him to hunt more often than a slick southpaw might want to. Or most fighters for that matter, particularly against a heavy-handed puncher like Canelo Alvarez.
An argument can easily be made for Austin Trout to have deserved the victory. He outworked Alvarez at times on the outside in a good, comfortable manner and fought his fight in several rounds. In some of the late rounds he appeared to be the fresher of the two combatants, (though Alvarez’s body shots early on seemed to wear on Trout as well). At the final bell, though. When both fighters have landed roughly the same amount of punches on each other, you have to look at who the harder puncher was. And it was Canelo Alvarez.
A rematch without question should be in line much to the chagrin of those who want Alvarez squaring off with the world’s current number one fighter, Floyd Mayweather. This headline reads however: Canelo edges Trout. Not dominate like Guillermo Rigondeaux did to Nonito Donaire the week before him. Nor did Alvarez clearly win without dispute in a close affair. A rematch is deserved for by the now former WBA super welterweight champion, Austin Trout. Who gave a terrific account for himself as a top shelf fighter with heart to boot.
Though it was held in doubt throughout, the spring night belonged to the red-headed Mexican built up to be sky-high. Canelo Alvarez has made himself a unified, universally recognized champion at just 22. Fernando Vargas, the former two-time champion in the same division and olympian, captured a world title at only 21 years old. Vargas however, never unified. Making Alvarez the youngest universally recognized and thus undisputed super welterweight champion of the world in the history of boxing. On that night at the Alamodome, Alvarez delivered to his rabid following and believers, while quieting many, though still not all of his naysayers.