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01 SEPTEMBER 2014

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SecondsOut Team Picks: Trout Vs Alvarez


This week SecondsOut’s big fight prediction is the world light middleweight unification clash between WBA champ Austin Trout and WBC titleholder Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at the Alamodrome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday night.

 

See below who our army of writers think will be victorious this weekend.

 

For the second week in a row we have a pick em fight, a fight that really is a 50/50 battle between two genuine world class boxers. This is a tough one to pick as both Alvarez and Trout are improving all the time and their careers are running pretty much parallel. I see this going right to the wire. I’m going for Trout to nick a very tight but well deserved split decision in a real nip and tuck battle of the unbeaten boxers.

 

Trout pts 12

Clive Bernath

Editor In Chief

SecondsOut.com

 

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Two great fighters climb in the ring this weekend for the much anticipated match-up between Austin Trout and Canelo Alvarez. Many say Trout does not deserve to be here, but nothing could be further from the truth. With wins last year over Miguel Cotto and Delvin Rodriguez, Trout has earned this fight. He has fought in Canada and Mexico, and although he lives in the state next door, the crowd will favor Alvarez. What will it take for Trout to win this fight? For Trout to win he will have to do what he has always done and that’s fight. The match-up against Alvarez is a good one, both fighters have proven they can go the distance. Trout will have to use his skills and apply pressure early against Alvarez, going head on at Canelo, using his jab and capitalize when he can find an opening. Alvarez will have the crowd in his favor, but he knows it will take more than that. At 22-years-old he has a healthy resume of opponents he has beaten. He has power and is in his prime as a fighter. His power is real and he is not taking this lightly, Alvarez is crafty and can do serious damage with his crushing blows to the body. Both fighters will have to adapt, don’t expect a lot of movement, instead expect the two to come at each other and brawl. I see this fight going the distance, both fighters exchanging some hard blows. Trout knows he will have to fight smart and throw a lot of punches to win. In the end Trout will pull off the win on the scorecards, proving once again that he deserves to be here.

 

Trout pts 12

Ron Valderrama

Phoenix

Arizona

USA

 

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The picks get tougher all the time. Trout has the boxing skills but Alvarez is a strong guy with some good skills of his own. I like the red head, he’s tough & fast, but Trout is a fast punching southpaw, with the ability to punch at all angles. He gave Cotto a boxing lesson. Trout wins a unanimous decision.

 

Trout pts 12

Jerry Glick

New York

USA

 

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I am glad this match-up is being made. However, when all is said and done I have a feeling we will be disappointed with the end result. Saul Alvarez is a talented young fighter, who has been fed the right diet of faded fringe contenders and former world champions. Austin Trout is a huge step up for the Mexican star. Trout, on the otherhand, has faced a stronger group of faded fringe contenders and world champions. He showed great promise in defeating Miguel Cotto, who made him work to take the lead back in their fight. When Alvarez faced Alfonso Gomez, he proved susceptible to a wise boxer. Gomez used his experience to control the distance and pace of much of their fight. A hasty stoppage prevented us from seeing Alvarez in deep water. I have no doubt Trout will get him there early. The difference is we know Trout can swim, pun intended. After twelve rounds, I think we will see Trout a clear unofficial winner by scores of about 116-112. However, there is much money to be made on the Mexican hopeful and Trout does not show that kind of business value. The decision, possibly split, will favor Alvarez and enrage the boxing world all over again. Alvarez by bullshit split decision.

 

Alvarez w pts 12

Derek Bonnett

Connecticut

USA

 

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What a perfect fight this is! Two young highly-touted lions on the verge of becoming legitimate elite level fighters. Yes, Canelo is a superstar in Mexico and has been enjoying a modicum of celebrity status in the US, but he has yet to truly prove himself as the best of his peers. The same goes for Trout, though almost nobody knows who the guy is even after beating up Miguel Cotto. Trout is a smooth boxer puncher when he wants to be and he’ll use that as his primary weapon against the typically straight ahead attacks of Canelo. It’ll be a close, entertaining fight but Trout will do more than enough in the closer rounds to win the fight (Canelo’s defense isn’t going to be confused with Pernell Whitaker’s anytime soon). However, Canelo’s pressure (and maybe something else) will sway the judges and it’ll be Canelo having his hand raised in a disputed majority decision win he clearly lost. -- Mike Sloan in Las Vegas

 

Alvarez w pts 12

Mike Sloan

Las Vegas

Nevada

USA

 

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There has been a growing call for Alvarez to face a legitimate 154lbs fighter for some time and in Trout he faces a tricky boxer who is in the form of his life after a career defining victory over Miguel Cotto last time out. Alvarez has feasted on fringe contenders and blown up welterweights so this fight is an acid test for the young star and I believe we will see him come of age on Saturday. Rumours have circulated for some time that Trout is wary of power and if he feels Canelo’s punch in the opening frames it could be a poor spectacle in which Alvarez tries to hunt down a back pedalling Trout. However I feel he will succeed in trapping Trout on the ropes often enough to score a close decision victory, although that isn’t said in complete confidence!

 

Alvarez w pts 12

Danny Winterbottom

Manchester

England

 

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Thus far I have been extremely impressed with Austin Trout, particularly in the Cotto fight. He gave the Puerto Rican legend an all out nightmare, won comfortably and announced himself as a real star in the sport. The difference in this fight is that Cotto was on the way out and Alvarez is kicking doors down to get in. The Mexican phenom is extremely powerful and his hand speed and combination punching look deadly . Canelo will have more fire than Cotto and he will be determined to keep the American hurt if and when he lands clean. The question is can Trout use his southpaw stance, adept movement and sharp reflexes for twelve rounds against the brute force and dynamic punching of Alvarez? I think he can definitely compete but the pressure will extract a toll on Austin Trout who will succumb to a late stoppage in what will have been an even fight to that point.

 

Alvarez w tko late

Tom Gray

Motherwell

Scotland

 

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Alvarez hasnt beaten any legit top tier fighter and its courageous that he picked this fight but I think just like Cotto discovered, he might have bitten off more than he can chew. Trout should have too much for the youngster.

 

Trout pts 12

lwazi ndzobongo

Johannesburg

South Africa

 

Trout = 4

Alvarez = 4

 

April 19’, 2013

 




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