Promoter Oscar De La Hoya admits to being slightly nervous about Saul Alvarez putting his WBA light middleweight title on the line against the dangerous WBA champ Austin Trout at the Alamodrome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday (April 20), but he is also confident that the 22 year-old can come through his toughest test in a battle of the unbeaten fighters.
De La Hoya knows a thing or two about fighting the very best, having won world titles at six different weights but even he admits he would not have risked his unbeaten record against such a dangerous opponent as Trout at such an early stage of his career.
“It speaks volumes of such a young man,” said De La Hoya. “At the age of 22 already wanting to fight the very best. Austin Trout is a very dangerous opponent. Just like every other opponent, yes it’s dangerous, but Austin Trout is an undefeated fighter, WBA champion.
“People were worried, were concerned but one of those people wasn’t me. I know Canelo’s abilities. I know his style. I know that he loves fighting southpaws. But it speaks volumes.
“At the age of 22 years old, if you compare Saul’s career to anybody else’s, anybody else who’s elite, they would never take this chance or this type of fight ever, including myself, including a Floyd Mayweather, including anybody. This is a test that he wanted and we’re obviously hoping for the best.”
Alvarez, himself, revealed that he originally wanted to fight Miguel Cotto on April 20 but when Trout unanimously out-pointed the Puerto Rican legend over 12 round last December, Alvarez turned his attention to Trout.
“We had Cotto in mind,” admitted Alavarez. “We wanted to fight Miguel Angel Cotto but obviously when he beat him we saw a fight that we wanted to do. Austin Trout’s undefeated. He’s a world champion, very difficult style, strong southpaw, but this also gave me the motivation to go on and fight one of the best and we consider him as one of the best out there.”