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 Last update:  6/2/2012       Read more by David P. Greisman         
   
Austin Trout: Rodriguez Wants My Title, I Want His Name
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by David P. Greisman

Austin Trout has several things going for him. He is undefeated, a titleholder in the junior middleweight division, a boxer who has recently signed with powerbroker adviser Al Haymon and who is being featured on the Showtime television network.

But what the 26-year-old still doesnt have is a name that resonates with those who follow the sport.

That, says Trout, is where Delvin Rodriguez comes in.

Trout, 24-0 with 14 knockouts, will face the battle-tested Rodriguez (26-5-3 with 14 knockouts) this Saturday, June 2, as part of a Showtime quadruple-header. Rodriguez is a name fight fans are already familiar with, a face that has appeared on television several times, a man who has been in numerous entertaining bouts, including two battles last year with Pawel Wolak.

If Trout wants to be better recognized in boxing, he needs to start by beating Rodriguez, with this one bout potentially opening more doors in the future.

Trout spoke with BoxingScene.com late last week.

BoxingScene.com: Were getting closer to your fight with Delvin Rodriguez. Hows your training camp going?

Trout: Camp is good, man. Im ready to wind this down. Weve been working hard. Its been a good camp.

BoxingScene.com: What are your thoughts on Delvin Rodriguez as an opponent?

Trout: You know, hes a perfect opponent to make a statement in this packed class. He wants the title, I want his name. I think hell bring the best out of me. And Ive been wanting somebody to bring the best out of me, especially to be on TV. Its just perfect.

BoxingScene.com: What about Rodriguez do you think will bring the best out of you?

Trout: You know, hes a crafty fighter. Not only does he throw a lot of punches, but he changes styles. Well get to see my defense. Youll get to see my adaptability. Youll get to see my toughness. Im going to have to use all my tools and attributes to beat this man. Thats why I feel like hell bring the best out of me.

BoxingScene.com: What kind of style do you think hes going to bring? I know weve seen him in two straight wars with Pawel Wolak, although he had two different styles for both of those fights.

Trout: I dont know. I think he might be a little bit more reluctant to go to war with me. I think hes going to try to box a little bit more. I think after he figures he cant outbox me, hes going to end up having to go and bang it out, but I think hes going to have a couple of different styles throughout the fight.

BoxingScene.com: It might not be the best idea for him to go to war with you, considering your style, though.

Trout: Right, I dont think itd be the best fight for him, but I dont think he can outbox me either, though.

BoxingScene.com: How do you see the fight going, then?

Trout: I think its going to be a good close contested fight for the first half of the fight. After I feel like I have him figured out, then I think I can pull away come the later rounds for a late stoppage, or definitely a unanimous decision.

BoxingScene.com: Obviously you see a difference in class between yourself and Delvin Rodriguez. Where do you see Rodriguez fitting in among the other fighters at 154 pounds to the point of the kind of statement a victory over him would make for you?

Trout: I believe hes up there. For me to get the Kirklands and the Canelos, I have to get through Delvin. I feel like Delvin could definitely beat James Kirkland. I feel like hes up there with the contenders, but I dont feel like hes necessarily a champion. For people to take me seriously as a champion, I have to beat this contender.

BoxingScene.com: How much tape of him have you watched?

Trout: Weve watched quite a few. Before I even knew I was fighting him, I used to watch him on ESPN as a fan of the sport. Ive seen a lot of Delvins fights. One thing is he doesnt have a problem with southpaws. He knows how to fight southpaws.

BoxingScene.com: Do you think his style has possibly taken a lot out of him to the point that hes more vulnerable in this fight with you?

Trout: I think hes a little bit more battle-worn than I am, definitely. I think this is his shot, though, so I think you can never underestimate what a man is going to do when his dream is right there within his grasp.

BoxingScene.com: Youve been on Showtime before, but this is a bigger stage. Whats that going to be like for you?

Trout: You know its going to be just like another day at the office. Im not going to be intimidated or star-struck. I dont feel like the lights are going to get to me. Im just looking at this as the most important fight of my life, and it really doesnt matter what stage its on, I have to go in and perform to the best of my abilities.

BoxingScene.com: Its interesting that you say it doesnt matter what stage its on, but its also the biggest fight of your life. With that kind of expectation, if not pressure, on you, how do you deal with that to make sure you fulfill the victory in this biggest fight of your life?

Trout: Im doing that right now, in camp. Im training hard, working on the game plan, working on our adaptability. I think all the work were doing now is going to transfer over into the fight.

BoxingScene.com: How long have you been waiting for a big opportunity like this, and what does it mean to be fighting on a major card and get the attention that has long eluded you?

Trout: Man, my whole career. I felt like I shouldve been on TV every fight of my life. But its not my plan, its Gods plan. Being able to get this type of coming-out party, we waited a long time.

BoxingScene.com: What does a victory over Delvin Rodriguez do for you, then, in terms of exposure?

Trout: I can finally get the public behind me. I think the public is like Well, weve heard of this guy, but we havent seen this guy. Im not totally sold on Trout. I need the public to be sold on Austin Trout.

BoxingScene.com: And because of that, does this fight have to be entertaining in a certain way and end in a certain way?

Trout: I think its going to be entertaining regardless. Ive never really seen Delvin in a boring fight. Im not going to go off my game plan or do things to make it entertaining, but Ive never been the type to just run or coast either. If Im winning, I want to knock him out. If I cant knock him out, Im just going to keep trying until I can. Thats just how I fight.

BoxingScene.com: I know fighters always say theyre focused only on this fight, but I have to ask this anyway what fight should be next, what fight do you want next after Delvin Rodriguez should you win?

Trout: I want all the belts. I want to be undisputed, undefeated champion. So any beltholder, I would love to have him next, understanding that the powers that be probably wont let that happen. Ill take anybody that has a bigger name than me, and thats a long list. After Delvin, I know my name will be a little bit bigger, so anybody that has a bigger name than mine, Im ready for the challenge.

BoxingScene.com: Anything else youd like to say?

Trout: I just thank God for the opportunity. The timing has been perfect, which is why I truly believe this is Gods plan. If you believe in fate, believe in God, whatever you believe in, I truly believe that this is my time. Im taking this opportunity in my own hands. Im going to take it and run with it.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter at twitter.com/fightingwords2 or on Facebook at facebook.com/fightingwordsboxing, or send questions and comments to fightingwords1@gmail.com

Tags: Austin Trout , Delvin Rodriguez , Trout-Rodriguez , Trout vs Rodriguez


 

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comment by esconore, on 06-02-2012
[QUOTE=ThePhantom5]Trout wants to use Delvin's name to increase his own popularity. Damn, people are stupid.[/QUOTE] http://funhoo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Thank-you-Captian-Obvious-Here-have-this-rock.jpg

comment by zuldo, on 06-02-2012
Stopping 'em in the late rounds....Austin trout ur dreaming u already Lost the fight homo...

comment by Evil Abed, on 06-02-2012
Trout wants to use Delvin's name to increase his own popularity. Damn, people are stupid.

comment by Wild Apache, on 06-02-2012
Finally a fighter that remembers what champions are supposed to do. Unify titles & try for undisputed. Warrrr Trout, bring undisputed back baby!!!!!!:headbang:

comment by bigcursedawg, on 06-02-2012
Truchas homie here comes Trout.

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