Advertisement
Advertisement

Trout's Manager Shakes Head at Selection of Officials

By Jake Donovan

The thought of pulling out of this weekend’s fight against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez never once crossed the mind of Austin Trout. The unbeaten southpaw has grown accustomed to having the deck stacked against him, just as the boxing community has grown accustomed to major fights in Texas being plagued with controversy.

A promise for fairly proportioned officiating panel never came to fruition, as the WBC – who claims Alvarez (41-0-1, 30KO) as its 154 lb titlist - will claim three of the four officials for Saturday’s 154 lb. unification bout in San Antonio.

The WBA – who recognizes Trout (26-0, 14KO) as its champ – will be represented at ringside only by Stanley Christoldoulou, a veteran ring official from South Africa.

“I'm not worried about the officials or the judging,” Trout noted during a mid-week pre-fight press conference.  “I'm not worried about being in a hostile territory.  All I can worry about is the opponent that I have in the ring.”

His handlers weren’t quite as cordial when first learning of the news, but have since calmed down and look forward to once again overcoming the odds.

“It’s simple math – two plus two equals four. You have four officials, we were led to believe two each would come from the WBC and the WBA,” stated co-manager Bob Spagnola, who has guided Trout’s career from the beginning. “Instead, we have three officials from the WBC and one from the WBA.”

The incident is just the latest in a long and growing list of everything that has become wrong with boxing in Texas, a sad commentary considering that its rich tradition with the sport. Saturday’s event will take place in front of a sold out crowd of more than 38,000 boxing enthusiasts, which speaks both to the popularity of Alvarez and boxing as a culture in the Lone Star State.

What fans can only hope for is a night free of controversy, though sadly would serve as an exception. From absent drug tests to horribly inept scoring and refereeing, the post-fight commentary from Texas always seems to discuss other than the actual fighting itself.

Further adding to the concern is WBC President Jose Sulaiman going on record to guarantee (in the form of a prediction) an Alvarez victory.

Given the history and the most recent circumstances, it would have been understandable for Trout and his team to take a firm stance on the subject. Instead, the plan is to simply settle all differences in the ring.

“Of course, we’re still going to fight,” comments Spagnola. “Austin is a fighter. We all know that. Austin is a real fighter and, God willing, it won't be close.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BigOneFromCuba on 04-20-2013

They can have all 4 judges because i believe Trout will win by KO. I also said Cunningham was going to bed too, and Fury gave him a pillow and blanket. Steve shouldve kept that over right going. Fury never…

Comment by Chief2ndzOnly! on 04-20-2013

I'll be recording this fight so I can watch it and score it later after we get back from the fight. It'll be too damn crunk in the MoDome to score it live. Plus the flask of Crown will be…

Comment by JohnDough on 04-20-2013

Damn....people talking like Canelo is a straight up punk. Trout has to win before he can get robbed.

Comment by Sake1 on 04-20-2013

An overwhelming of b[B]it[/B]ching floods this thread.

Comment by ROSS CALIFORNIA on 04-20-2013

I'm not even going to read that s**t. I'll probably be worrying about my bets all day if I do. lol

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (51)
Top Headlines Mike Tyson Will Back Trump at Republican National Convention Edner Cherry Snags Debatable Decision Over Lydell Rhodes Antonio Margarito vs. Ramon Alvarez Pushed Back To August 13 Photos: Jose Benavidez Putting in Work For Francisco Santana Rolando Garza Inks Promotional With Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Gilberto Ramirez: Canelo Has No Pride, His Actions Disappointing Denis Lebedev Backs Glowacki To Retain, Beat Oleksandr Usyk Anthony Joshua Must Face Joseph Parker By January 9, Says IBF Jarico O'Quinn Inks Promotional With Salita Promotions Photos: Gilberto Ramirez Continues Hard Grind For First Defense Malignaggi-Bracero, Farmer-Redkach, Harrison-Rabchenko Set Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand Officially Revealed By Roc Nation Jessie Magdaleno Leaves Joel Diaz, Jumps To Manuel Robles David Benavidez Targets Big Names, Champions at 168-Pounds Povetkin's Promoter: Lawsuits Won't Prevent Deontay Wilder Fight Mykey Williams Inks Promotional Pact With Lou DiBella Terry Flanagan-Mzonke Fana Added To July 16 Cardiff Card Jason Sosa's Promoter Eyes Francisco Vargas, Orlando Salido Scott Fitzgerald Added To July 30 Leeds Card Fury-Klitschko II Could Land in Late September, Early October Sergey Kovalev Discusses Training Camp For Isaac Chilemba Antonio Orozco, Joseph Diaz, Jr. Return on HBO Latino Bill, 7/30 Santa Cruz Says Frampton's 'Weak Chin' Will Crack From Pressure Terence Crawford, Brian McIntyre on Being Avoided at 140 DiBella on Derevyanchenko-Soliman, Wants Golovkin Fight Klitschko on Fury: This is Not About Titles, This is About Revenge! Chris Eubank Jr: I Can Knock Gennady Golovkin Out! Froch Cautions Joshua Not To Rush, Picks Fury To Beat Klitschko Kerry Hope is Convinced Vijender Singh Was Scared at Presser Zeuge is Sparring With Braehmer For De Carolis WBA Title Clash McGregor Was Looking For 50-50 Split With Floyd Mayweather Firat Arslan vs. Nuri Seferi Crossroads Bout on September 17 Eubank Sr. Baits Golovkin: Prove To Me That You Can Beat My Son! Rey Ojeda Shocks Puerto Rico With Retirement Announcement Thurman-Porter Makes Working Weekend Worth The Wrangling Cotto vs. Marquez Negotiations Continue To Play Out Hurd: I Didn’t Want to Force the Stoppage After Dropping Molina Joshua Warns Wilder: Focus on Arreola, I'll Be To America Soon Photos/Weights: Edner Cherry vs Lydell Rhodes, Douglas-Collado 30 Day Weights: Crawford 150.4-Pounds, Postol 145.5-Pounds
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement