Saturday at Guadalajara, Mexico
Austin Trout W12 Rigoberto Alvarez
Scores: 119-108 (three times)
Wins a vacant junior middleweight title
Records: Trout (22-0, 13 KOs); Alvarez (26-3, 19 KOs)
Austin Trout, 25, of Las Cruces, N.M., is a fine prospect but had fought nobody of consequence when he was made the mandatory challenger for a WBA belt. He had not even fought since November 2009. Nonetheless, Trout went to Mexico to face Rigoberto Alvarez, 33, the older brother of 2010 ESPN.com Prospect of the Year Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, with a belt at stake. Rigoberto Alvarez had won an interim belt in October by claiming a split decision against Japan's Nobuhiro Ishida. The WBA vacated its full title and "elevated" Miguel Cotto, who won the title against Yuri Foreman in June, to "super" titleholder, clearing the way for Alvarez and Trout to meet for the bogus paper trinket. Sanctioning organization decisions aside, Trout did what he was supposed to do. He fought on hostile turf and cruised to a lopsided decision in the clear victory. Trout was a better technician, younger and faster than Alvarez, who had no answers for his assortment of punches. Alvarez could do little more than follow him around and look for a desperation punch while Trout mixed up his offense and befuddled his opponent.
By Dan Rafael
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Trout wins WBA title, ponders future
By Jason Groves
LAS CRUCES - The magnitude is starting to set in for Las Cruces boxer Austin Trout.
Not that becoming the first Las Cruces fighter to win a world title isn't enough, but the 25-year-old Trout knows that Saturday's unanimous decision victory against Mexico's Rigoberto Alvarez for the 154-pound WBA title means another year-plus layoff isn't likely.
"I have some control over my career now," said the Mayfield graduate, who improved to 22-0. "I won't be sitting here waiting for other people to dictate who I fight. I feel like my career has just started."
Trout controlled the fight, winning 119-108 on all three scorecards to join Albuquerque fighters Bob Foster, Danny Romero and Johnny Tapia as New Mexico-born world champions.
"The crowd was amazing," said Trout, who beat Alvarez in his hometown of Guadalara, Mexico. "When I was walking in, they booed me. As the fight went on, they started cheering me. I started hearing it, and was thinking, 'Am I hearing this right?' He was saying the whole time how he was going to give me all kinds of pressure, but when it was time to fight, I was the aggressor. He tried to fire punches, but I would counter him and it got him gun shy. I just started the fight jabbing. He really didn't know what to do."
When the bell rang after the 12th round, Trout said he fell to his knees before he could make it back to his corner and trainer Louie Burke.
"He was so grateful and emotional," Burke said after the fight. "He worked so hard with so many trials and tribulations along the way and matured so much all the way around. It's been a long haul and a long road. They put him on the shelf and he stayed there and suffered. He's a pro fighter and he does it for a living and he couldn't do it. He was just waiting to have a big break and winning a world title and it finally happened. It's surreal." Trout returns to Las Cruces tonight, where he can begin to contemplate the next step in his career.
Among the names Trout could entertain are Alvarez's younger brother, Saul, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., IBF 154-pound champion Cornelius Bundrage and former U.S. Olympian Vanes Martirosyan.
"The money and all of that is the great part of it, but the first thing that I thought of is that I can start solidifying my legacy in the game," Trout said. "Now I can start being in the ring against some great names out there. I'm definitely enjoying it and thinking what would be a good next move."
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“No Doubt” Trout Decimates, Devastates, and Dominates Alvarez to Earn Gold
Austin Trout Grabs Gold
By Upper Cutter
Austin “No Doubt” Trout defeated Rigoberto Alvarez in a comprehensive beat down on Saturday to become the WBA 154 pound champion. With all three scores at 119-108, Trout dominated Alvarez in Guadalajara, Mexico to gain the belt and remains undefeated at 22-0.
New Mexico’s Trout hadn’t fought in 15 months but was on form from the opening bell. His jab was scathing and accurate and he consistently dug to Alvarez’s chest and body, knocking the heart out of him. Then in the middle rounds he chose to bob and weave, leaving Rigo swinging at air and potshotting the Mexican from the outside. Trout landed at will throughout the fight and clearly led on the scorecards late, but he never let off the pressure, even throwing bombs in the 12th and final round.
Rigoberto is the brother of major prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and had only lost twice before – to William Gare and Marco Antonio Rubio. And he came to fight, throwing heavy left hands whenever he got close. But Trout was too quick and focused to get caught, blocking Rigoberto’s best with apparent ease. It seemed as though Alvarez only landed on accident whenat all. The crowd booed heavily, hoping for their man to turn it around, but the end was never in doubt. Alvarez falls to 26 wins and 3 losses.
In an interview after the fight, “No Doubt” revealed that he’d love to mix it up next with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “It would be a great fight. A lot of people would like to see Chavez Jr. take his game to the next level, why not against me?” said Trout. Austin is only the fourth pro boxer to earn a world championship belt from New Mexico, and has labored in obscurity before this fight. He could use a match up against a big name opponent like JCC Jr. for the payday if nothing else. Before the matchup last night, Trout also stated that he’d love to face Rigoberto’s younger sibling as well. “I would love to get a shot at his brother. That would be Golden Boy’s nightmare! I don’t think they would ever let that happen but it would be great. I will look for him out in the crowd after I take the belt and I will basically tell him ‘What’s up? You are next!’. He is still considered a prospect but he has a lot of fights and I like his style and think it would be a good fight.” Either bout will be viewed as a major step up in class for Trout. He will be the underdog against either Canelo or Junior, even though he’s the champion. It’s a long road for Austin to prove that he’s worth the gold he’s now wearing; but it’ll be solid watching him try – of that, there truly is “no doubt!”
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