LoPorto set to batter Trout
Frank LoPorto. Photo: Wayne Taylor
LoPorto, a no-nonsense wharfie from Melbourne, loves fish. He fries, grills, poaches and steams it, but today he plans to batter Trout when they battle in the American's home town of El Paso for the World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title. ''I'm a big fish eater,'' LoPorto said. ''I'm not going to lie. Fish is my favourite food.''
The US boxing media and Las Vegas bookmakers give 33-year-old LoPorto little chance of upsetting the slick southpaw Trout, who won the WBA belt in February with a unanimous points decision over Mexico's Rigoberto Alvarez.
The 26-year-old Trout has an undefeated 23 win, 13 knockout professional record while LoPorto is unimpressive on paper with 15 wins (seven KOs), four losses and two draws. The Australian says the blemishes on his record are largely from fights he took at late notice.
LoPorto is also not intimidated about fighting in El Paso's outdoor Cohen Stadium packed with Trout fans screaming for his blood.
Trout has raised concerns about the outdoor venue as the weather for the evening fight is expected to be chilly. ''It actually suits me because I'll be working harder than him,'' LoPorto, used to working winter night shifts on Port Melbourne and Footscray wharves, explains.
If LoPorto is victorious he will likely take the WBA belt back to Australia for a long-awaited showdown with Anthony Mundine. The LoPorto-Trout fight will be beamed live in Australia on the FOX Sports pay TV channel.
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