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Comments Thread For: Trout vs. Lara: Boxingscene.com's Staff Predictions
The only thing that’s clear in an otherwise pick-‘em matchup between Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara is that neither fighter is particularly fond of the other.
Perhaps the most evenly matched fight of the weekend on paper, the pair of super welterweights square off tonight in Brooklyn. A hell of a lot more is at stake than just the manufactured title offered to the winner. The winner puts himself in the running for a major payday in the lucrative surroundings of the 154 lb. division.
Trout (26-1, 14KO) enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2012, but this calendar has been anything but memorable. The New Mexico-based southpaw suffered his first career loss, dropping a decision to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in April, and then spending most of the rest of the year in court in freeing himself from former promoter Greg Cohen.
The legal battle was over several items, including what ultimately became a missed opportunity to participate in the year’s biggest pay-per-view event, losing a slot on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s points win over Alvarez in September.
Free of conflict and now of peace of mind, Trout is ready to move on his career and once again stake his claim as one of the best super welterweights in the world.
Standing in the way is the one guy in the division nobody is in a hurry to face. Lara (18-1-2, 12KO) has endured a hard-luck career, both as one of the sport’s most avoided and as a boxer who rarely gets the benefit of the doubt in any given close fight.
That said, his most recent ring appearance – a 10th round stoppage of Alfredo Angulo – was a far cry from his best work as a pro. Still, the Cuban has superstardom in his sights, beaming with confidence heading into a dangerous showdown with a fellow high-risk southpaw.
Read on to see how the Boxingscene.com staff envisions tonight’s super welterweight affair playing out in Brooklyn.
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Felt like a fencing match.....shoulda took a nap.
I sc ored the bika fight a draw..bored the **** outta me too! Looked like a couple of amatuers in there!
At least alexander lost......Porter mugged that puto!
Judah/malinaggi was mildly entertaining
Macklin won but looked horrible
Kirkland/Tapia was a war
Rigo/agbeko was off the hook, over capacity building was thrilled
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