Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Trout is Not Looking Past The Challenge of Rodriguez

By Keith Idec

Austin Trout has defended a version of the WBA’s super welterweight title twice since winning it nearly 16 months ago.

Even after three victories in world title fights, the unbeaten fighter from Las Cruces, N.M., is beyond certain Delvin Rodriguez will be the toughest opponent of his seven-year pro career. Trout (24-0, 14 KOs) and Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KOs) will go at it Saturday night in a 12-rounder that’ll be part of Showtime’s rare four-fight telecast from Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

“Definitely, this is the hardest fight to date that I’ve had in my career,” Trout, 26, recently said. “Delvin is a world-class fighter. I’ve watched him on TV myself, as a fan, for years. I know the type of challenge that is coming forward. There’s no way in heck I’m going to look past a guy like Devlin. This is the toughest fight to date, the fight of my life.”

Trout is especially impressed by the 32-year-old Rodriguez’s versatility in the ring.

“Delvin doesn’t fight the same every fight,” Trout said. “We watched film and, like I said, I watched him fight before I even knew I was fighting him. I’m a fan of the sport. He changes his style, he adapts and he’s a smart fighter.

“He may have fought like one of the fighters I fought before in one fight, but the next fight he might fight totally different. I don’t think I’ve ever fought anybody that has the diversity that Delvin does.”

That diversity served Rodriguez well, Trout noticed, in his two fights against Pawel Wolak last year.

Their first fight was a spectacular slugfest that warranted “Fight of the Year” consideration, but by the end of that memorable battle, which ended in a majority draw, Trout realized Rodriguez knew how to handle Wolak (29-2-1, 19 KOs). That was evident during their far-less-dramatic rematch Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden, where Rodriguez defeated Wolak with ease in another 10-rounder.

“Pawel Wolak came on early, Delvin Rodriguez made an adjustment and came on a little later,” Trout said of their July 15 brawl at Roseland Ballroom. “And, you know, it was a good showcase of what I was talking about, how he can adapt and changes things up.

“I called it. I knew if they had the rematch Delvin already knows what to do with Pawel Wolak, because he figured it out in the later part of the fight. He did exactly what I predicted, and beat Pawel Wolak from the beginning of the fight until the end.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bushbaby on 05-31-2012

He better not. This is Trouts foot in the door. I think he has what it takes to beat every fighter at 154 not named Maravilla.

Comment by SnakeVen0m on 05-31-2012

Man, I can't wait for Saturday. I'm looking forward to see how Quillin steps up to higher competetion, but then again we haven't seen how Winky is performing these days. Also, It's really a toss up in Tarver/Kayode also. That…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Cleverly Feels Win Over Badou Jack Will Secure Andre Ward Shot Mayweather Believes McGregor is Struggling To Make Weight Carl Frampton is Urged To Sign Promotional With Eddie Hearn Crawford-Indongo Telecast Averaged 965,000 Viewers on ESPN Former Sparring Partner Admits McGregor Was Not Hard To Hit Eubank Jr: Mayweather Will Be More Aggressive, Will Go For KO Shane McGuigan Removes Carl Frampton From Twitter Bio Mayweather-McGregor News; Burnett-Zhanat Zhakiyanov, More TMT's DeJuan Blake: McGregor is Awkward, Mayweather is Ready Paul Hyland vs Stephen Ormond on October 21 in Belfast Jeff Horn: I'd Fight Mayweather Like Maidana Did - But Consistent! Cotto Unfazed By All the Attention Paid to Mayweather-McGregor NSAC Head: McGregor is Younger, Stronger, Longer, Big Puncher Terence Crawford-Julius Indongo: Post-Undisputed Report Card McGregor's Trainer: No Doubt Mayweather Gets Knocked Out! Estrada Training Hard, Expects High Drama With Carlos Cuadras Euro News: Virgilijus Stapuliones, Frenois vs. Dib, More Ellerbe: Mayweather Brought Boxing Back, People Talking Again! Malignaggi: The Boxing World is Laughing at McGregor! Roy Jones Jr. and BeIN Sports Ink Television Deal For Events Harmonito Dela Torre Furious Over Saul Rodriguez Withdrawal McGregor KO Would Resonate Far Beyond Weekend in Vegas De La Hoya: Canelo Took Mayweather Fight Too Soon, Better for It Cleverly Expects Mayweather To Stop McGregor Inside of Six Retirement Crosses Canelo's Mind, But Not Ready to Walk Away McGregor Motivated By Dismissive Boxing Fans, Vows to 'Educate' Samuel Vargas Edges Ali Funeka Over Ten Rounds Mayweather-McGregor: Camps Warned To Avoid Confrontations Photos: Payano vs. Santiago, Herring vs. Miller - Official Weights IBF Abolishes Second Weigh-in For Unification Bouts Arum Discusses Crawford's Future, Facing Pacquiao-Horn Winner Joshua: Mayweather Will Beat McGregor in Landslide, Can't Compete Marcos Hernandez Camp Notes For Kevin Newman Bout Arum Gives Latest on Lomachenko vs. Rigondeaux Fight Jeff Horn: I Can Beat Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor! Haye Feels Mayweather Has Zero Fear of McGregor Landing Shots Anthony Joshua: I’d Try MMA, But I Would Probably Get Beaten Saunders: I'd Jump at Chance To Face Daniel Jacobs in December! Carl Frampton Makes it Official: Leaves Barry McGuigan, Cyclone McGregor: No Fan of Canelo, Golovkin - I Want Lomachenko-Rigo
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement