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 Last update:  4/19/2012       Read more by David P. Greisman         
   
Trout: Al Haymon Will Bring Me Much-Needed Exposure
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by David P. Greisman

Austin Trout is a world titleholder in a division full of big names, but that level of fame and attention has eluded the 26-year-old junior middleweight.

That might not be true for too much longer.

Trout, 24-0 with 14 knockouts, recently signed with influential boxing adviser Al Haymon. And on April 12, BoxingScene.com broke the news that Trout would be fighting Delvin Rodriguez on Showtime on June 2.

Trout spoke with BoxingScene.com in an interview done prior to news of that fight being made.

BoxingScene.com: Its been a bit since weve seen you. Whats been going on with you?

Trout: Aside from boxing, just hanging out with family, raising the kids. Im supposed to get married next year. Thats kept me busy.

BoxingScene.com: What about boxing whats going on in the boxing world with you?

Trout: I got exciting news. I signed with Al Haymon. Thats like being drafted right there. Well be ready for whats going on soon. In the near future, we got a fight lined up in June. Im hoping that I get the call that says that its official. Im trying to get back in there by June, hopefully on a major network.

[Later, the news broke that Trout will be fighting Delvin Rodriguez on Showtime on June 2.]

BoxingScene.com: Lets take this bit by bit. Why did you decide to sign with Al Haymon?

Trout: He called me and asked if I was interested. I thought that was kind of a dumb question. Of course Im interested. It was kind of out of the blue. He said hes been a fan from afar since I won the title and hed like to do some major things.

BoxingScene.com: What do you think that will bring to your career?

Trou: Well if nothing else, the exposure level. A lot of his fighters, they stay on TV. And if he didnt bring anything else, if he just brought more exposure to my career, Id be happy, because I feel thats the one thing I need is for people to see me. I feel like I have the skills and the heart and the mindset to be one of the best, but the best-kept secrets arent considered the best.

BoxingScene.com: But youre thinking its not just exposure hell bring you.

Trout: No, no. Im sure hell bring a lot more wealth, a lot more opportunities. But if he did nothing else but just get me more TV dates, that would be worth it.

BoxingScene.com: You said you want to be back in the ring in June. Who are you aiming for?

Trout: I would love to fight Delvin Rodriguez [See note above]. I believe hes my mandatory, and I really just want to get that mandatory out of the way. I want to exercise my own mandatory position, and I cant do that if I got a mandatory hanging over my head that I got to take care of.

BoxingScene.com: Your mandatorys the winner of Miguel Cotto vs. Floyd Mayweather. Clearly youre aiming for the big names.

Trout: Thatd be great. In a perfect world, thatd be great, get my mandatory out of the way, exercise my mandatory position and become a star. I understand that [it might not happen, or I might have to take another] fight to get a superstar in there. But you know, thats fine. I still want to go make that buzz, make that noise, saying Im the mandatory. Then if not, there must be something about me that makes them not want to fight me. Thatll have people start looking more into that.

BoxingScene.com: Id seen the rumors that youd be coming back in August on an HBO doubleheader. Whats going on with that?

Trout: Im still very interested in fighting [Sergiy] Dzinziruk on HBO in August. My problem was I dont want to wait until August. If they have me sign now, part of the contract is I cant fight until then. Im not waiting until August. My last fight was November. I dont see any reason to wait almost a year to fight. So if the fights still there after I get a fight between now and August, Id still take it.

BoxingScene.com: Your preference, though, is to do Delvin Rodriguez in June, and then let whatever chips fall wherever they may.

Trout: Yeah.

BoxingScene.com: Its been in a while since youve been in the ring and youre trying not to have it be any longer. What are you doing to keep yourself in shape and from being rusty?

Trout: I stay in the gym. I was in Matthew Macklins camp when he was fighting Sergio [Martinez]. While I was there, I didnt just spar Macklin. I sparred with everybody. I was trying to get work with everybody. Now Im just back home. Im just starting camp. I dont have a date quite yet. But I feel like if Im not in camp, if I dont have a fight coming up, I feel like such a bum. Im with the kids and go to the gym for a few hours a day, but when Im in camp I feel like Im at my most productive.

BoxingScene.com: What are you walking around at right now?

Trout: Right now Im in the high 60s.

BoxingScene.com: Youre definitely not in the James Toney blowup phase. Thats a good thing.

Trout: No, I hate losing weight, so I try not to get too high up.

BoxingScene.com: I know you pay close attention to the junior middleweight division. What do you see with the other names out there?

Trout: The more I see these guys fight, the more hungry I get, the more I want to get in there and show em how to do it. We got Canelo and Mosley coming up. That should be interesting. You always want to see what kind of Mosley shows up. As far as whats supposed to happen, Canelo is supposed to beat that old lion Mosley. I would love to get that fight as well. I hear that theyre promising the Mayweather-Cotto winner to Canelo.

Then I think we got K9 [Bundrage] going with Cory Spinks. Is that whats going to happen? I dont really care about that fight. And then K9 should probably win. Cory Spinks is not consistent. James Kirkland-Carlos Molina, that was interesting. Kirkland was exposed a lot. But Ive always thought Kirkland was limited; hes just very strong. I would love to fight Kirkland, especially after that. I wanted to fight him when he beat Angulo.

BoxingScene.com: These guys are pairing up, and I know youve wanted these guys. I know thats got to be frustrating, but at the same time its also got to be looking better because youve signed with such a powerbroker.

Trout: Thats right. Like you said, Ive been wanting to fight these guys, but now that Ive got some influence on my side, the fights can definitely happen.

BoxingScene.com: What else do you want people to know?

Trout: I got a lot of these different projects that are going on outside the ring. But I want my work in the ring to bring them all together. As impatient as Ive been, you guys have been awesome. Look forward to seeing me soon. Im about to be on your TV screens a lot. They cant deny me too much longer. Your patience will pay off.

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 pottman85, on 04-24-2012
[QUOTE=nycsmooth]it's NOT exposure but the lack of quality opponents...if the best Trout can do is a Rigoberto Alvarez (he 's so bad he can't spar w/his brother Canelo) he may as well hang it up..Trout is boring, really no punch & can't draw flies...he'd get KO'd by Canelo or if he moves up he ha...

comment by -GDS-, on 04-19-2012
Didn't this dude have an August fight against Sergiy? But I guess that can be made another time. It's better he's fighting sooner, because guys his age should be aiming to fight 4 times a year anyway.

comment by Rocky Rode, on 04-19-2012
[QUOTE=nycsmooth]it's NOT exposure but the lack of quality opponents...if the best Trout can do is a Rigoberto Alvarez (he 's so bad he can't spar w/his brother Canelo) he may as well hang it up..Trout is boring, really no punch & can't draw flies...he'd get KO'd by Canelo or if he moves up he ha...

comment by Money_May, on 04-19-2012
And some much needed gift decisions on a night off :fing02:

comment by New England, on 04-19-2012
get used to seeing this kid he's well rounded, a good sized jr MW, and american he's with haymon. he doesnt command huge dollars yet for the networks, but they'll be willing to buy his fights. get used to seeing him not totally sold on the kid, but he is a pretty well developed package...

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