Advertisement
Advertisement

Trout Focused on Getting Revenge on Canelo, Lara

By Francisco Salazar

Austin Trout once had a chip on his shoulder.

Who can blame him?

He was unbeaten in 26 fights, held a world title fight, and was considered at one time by some as the top junior middleweight in the world.

Fast forward past the two defeats he has suffered in a span of eight months and that chip has wound up on the floor.

After some time away from the ring, Trout believes he can return to the same glory that catapulted him to greatness. A win tonight could be a step towards that direction.

Trout will take on Daniel Dawson in a scheduled 12 round bout at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Pechanga, Calif. The bout headlines a Goossen Tutor Promotions card and will be televised live on ESPN2, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

The last time the boxing world saw Trout was when he lost a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision to Erislandy Lara in December. Prior to that bout, his stock in the sport was still very high, despite losing a close 12 round unanimous decision to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

Like any fighter, the losses struck a cord with Trout, so much so that he believed some changes had to be made. The defeats also made the native from Las Cruces, N.M. that he should never stray away from what has been successful in his previous fights.

It was a lesson learned that hard way, humbling him as well.

"It's like starting all over again," Trout told Boxingscene.com in a phone interview on Tuesday. "After the second loss, I had to realize what was going on. In those two losses, I felt I was too tight. I found myself forcing everything when I'm a rhythm fighter. I was forcing things early rather than letting the fight come to me."

"In the Alvarez fight, I wasn't dominated or beat up. But I realized I needed more time away from the ring. Instead, I jumped into the Lara fight. I didn't feel comfortable and it wasn't easy."

Trout gets back in the ring against Dawson, an Australian junior middleweight who has two notable defeats at the hands of Daniel Geale and Sergey Dzinziruk. In his last bout in September, Dawson won a 12 round unanimous decision over Alex Bunema.

Dawson may not be a ranked world title contender, but it is a competitive and safe enough opponent for Trout to regain his confidence against.

That confidence blossomed after winning a world title belt in February of 2011, defeating Rigoberto Alvarez by unanimous decision in Alvarez's hometown of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. His career was at his highest almost two years later when he defeated Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

While both fights would have been equally as satisfying for Trout, one was bittersweet.

"When I defeated Alvarez, I was asked for autographs and pictures with fans (in Guadalajara). When I came back, no one greeted me. When I defeated Cotto, people came to greet me at the airport. The recognition came after the Cotto fight, something I didn't have."

The losses to Alvarez and Lara also brought about a wave of criticism from writers and hardcore boxing fans.

Whether that criticism was warranted is up for debate, but he did pay attention to those who stuck by his side during this bad stretch of his career.

"That period definitely chewed me up and spit me out. I was able to see how people questioned my heart. But I was able to lean on family and friends who were there for me."

Trout has a lot to prove and he accepts that challenge. Not only does Trout believe he could win a world title again, but he also believes he can return to that elite status he achieved after the Cotto fight.

Trout took a long and lonely road from Las Cruces, N.M. to become a world champion. He hopes that road to greatness is shorter, but he carries with wisdom and understanding of what it takes to get there.

"I want to be a champion again and my focus is on getting rematches against (Saul) Alvarez and Lara. I want to be where Floyd (Mayweather) is at today. I want to be one of the best ever."

Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing¬†

Tags: Austin Trout image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Foreign Soil on 08-23-2014

[QUOTE=BreWall;14879078]These guys, Trout and Lara need to stop relying on someone else's accomplishments and build their careers on their own by beating every opponent put in front of them in entertaining fashion, build a large fanbase. Look at Breidis Prescott.…

Comment by Nomadic on 08-23-2014

He has no legs, if Canleo didn't run out of gas against him we wouldn't even see him on ESPN.

Comment by icha on 08-22-2014

trouts chin hasn't been the same since canelo cracked that china chin...

Comment by BrushMyHair! on 08-22-2014

He beat Canelo. He could definitely get revenge against Canelo. He cannot get it against Lara. Lara schools him 100 times out of 100.

Comment by icha on 08-22-2014

[QUOTE=Vicious.;14879554]Id like to see trout vs andrade[/QUOTE] trout should be looking for the likes of angulo, vanes or andrade, rebuild and then maybe in the future look for a big fight, maybe a cotto rematch, who knows...

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (19)
Top Headlines Mayweather: Khan Should Have Fought Brook, Not Canelo "Fighting Words" - Canelo vs. Khan: A One-Ring Circus Khan: If I'm Scared of Brook, Then Why Would I Fight Canelo? Guillermo Rigondeaux Wants To Excite in Liverpool, Says Diaz Haye Says The Klitschko Era is Over, Tabs Fury For Repeat Win Austin Trout Willing To Travel, Face Liam Smith in The UK Tyson Fury Hopes Wladimir Klitschko Rematch is Set 'ASAP' Hatton: Canelo Will Be Too Strong and Powerful For Amir Khan Francisco Vargas: Salido Would Be High Risk, a Good Challenge Povetkin: After Wilder I'm Open To Fury, Martin and Klitschko Lucian Bute, Alvarez, Beterbiev Tripleheader on April 2nd? Khan: People Thought De La Hoya Would Destroy Pacquiao Wanheng Menayothin Defends WBC Strap on March 2nd Artur Beterbiev Eyes Ring Return in March or April Pedro Guevara Faces Jether Oliva on February 20 in Sinaloa McGuigan: Khan is Very Ballsy, Canelo Walks Around at 200 Sam O'Maison Stole The Show With Big Knockout Over Hardy Cortez Feels Canelo-Golovkin is More Likely For 2017 Showtime Championship Boxing 30: Hopes for the Year Ahead Tyson Fury Hopes To Head Up New Heavyweight Era Amir Khan Admits Canelo's Size Initially Concerned Him Daily Bread Mailbag: Kovalev, Golovkin, Canelo-Khan, More Frank Warren: Boxing Must Do More For Retired Fighters Johann Duhaupas Returns, Dominates Nascimento Over Ten Khan Says Shock Value Makes '50-50' Fight With Canelo Bigger Kovalev's Coach: If Ward Can't Hurt Sergey, He's in Trouble! Jamel Herring Looking To Step Things Up in 2016 Luis Ortiz Stays Patient, Waiting For Opponent To Get Finalized Sulaiman Warns Canelo That He Can't Make Mistakes With Khan Ocampo Blasts Out Navarro In Five; Cayetano Wins Alberto Machado, Abner Cotto KO Winners In Puerto Rico Kelly Pavlik Charged, Facing 180 Days in Air Rifle Shooting Photos: Deontay Wilder, Shaquille O'Neal Go Face To Face Jhonny Gonzalez Says Abner Mares Ran From Rematch Golovkin's Coach Doubts Canelo Fight Will Happen in 2016 Nonito Donaire To Hold Camp in Las Vegas For Bedak Clash Floyd Mayweather Jr. Wins 'Fighter of The Year' With BWAA Krzysztof Glowacki Feeling The Pressure of Usyk Mandatory Matthysse-Herrera in Talks For Canelo vs. Khan Undercard Mayweather: I'm No Longer Pound For Pound, But I am TBE
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement