World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight Champion Austin Trout is set to defend his title for the first time on June 11, 2011. Since beating Rigoberto Alvarez in February to claim the world title, Austin has been rumored to have many fights in line. Out of all the names, the biggest one was easily Floyd Mayweather Jr. This Q&A goes over rumors, future fights, and Austin's thoughts about his first fight as the WBA Champion.
Q: Since becoming the champion, a lot of people have called you out. Is there anyone that grabbed your attention more than others?
A: Well Yes! Immediately after beating his brother Saul Alvarez challenged me to fight for my belt, I accepted then and there, although I didn't agree to going back to mexico to do it. After winning his wbc title over matthew hatton all that revenge talk stopped. I would love to fight canelo but that wouldn't be a good career move for him right now
Q: Explain the situation with you and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. If the two of you want to fight each other, what is the problem?
A: I would start with the promoters. In most cases if it was left up to the fighter they would take every fight that was available. Since this is a business, the promoters make the best business move there are to make when matching fighters. Fighting me isn't a good business decision because I will win and truthfully im not a name big enough to take that chance. Reckon im gonna have to beat up some one famous to get my shots at the likes of Cotto or Saul.
Q: There was a rumor that a possible fight between you and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is in the works, is there any truth to that?
A: There is some truth to this, my name is in the list of others to fight Floyd. Im not holding my breath nor waiting for it, if the opportunity presents itself ill take it God willing.
Q: You have been Miguel Cotto's mandatory for awhile now. Can we expect a Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout fight in 2011?
A: Probably not 2011, I'm praying for 2012! Until then I will keep busy and stay getting better
Q: How do you feel, going into your first title defense?
A: I feel good I've been training roughly a month already and just excited to get back in the ring aka my office. David Lopez is a good tough strong fighter, and I want to make a statement against him
Q: David Lopez has won his last 16 fights and is ranked as one of the top 15 fighters in the world, how are you going to stop him?
A: I'm going to pick him apart and try to discourage him with counters, and effective aggression, he's tall so I will have to use angles to get in and stay in
Q: How would you describe David Lopez as a fighter?
A: He's a brawler with good fundamentals, good chin and decent punch
Q: Is there anything that you want to prove in this fight, if so, what?
A: That I am where I belong, the elite need to be weary of me because I am hungry and coming for the #1 spot
Q: What are your plans after this fight?
A: Another fight with someone famous hopefully
Austin Trout has been one of boxing's best kept secrets and now he looks to show the world that he is the real WBA champion. Taking on David Lopez (his mandatory) is the first step to showing he belongs with the elite. Miguel Cotto and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez are on the top of his hit list; however, the main objective is to show that he is the real champion in a stacked division. He can only be avoided for so long until there is 'no doubt' about Austin Trout.