By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – There was a time Austin Trout thought Canelo Alvarez would just keep avoiding the Gennady Golovkin fight.
Now that it’s a reality, Trout is convinced Alvarez will become the first fighter to beat the Kazakh knockout artist. Trout, who lost a unanimous decision to Alvarez in April 2013, thinks their 12-round middleweight title fight will go the distance September 16 and cannot envision a scenario in which Golovkin beats Alvarez on the scorecards in Las Vegas.
Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) discussed their huge HBO Pay-Per-View fight with BoxingScene.com following a press conference Wednesday to promote his October 14 fight against IBF junior middleweight champ Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (Showtime).
“Huge fight. Great fight. I’m glad it’s finally made,” Trout said. “I was doubting Canelo was gonna take that fight. It seemed like he was like, ‘Nah, I’ll do it next year.’ With that said, and I thought this last year, I think Canelo’s gonna win this fight. I think he is. And he’s the underdog, too, so I might have to go throw my money on him.
“Triple-G has been the Boogeyman, but he’s been knocking everybody out who he was supposed to knock out. I mean, he hasn’t fought anybody but Daniel Jacobs and I thought Daniel beat him. It’s biased – Daniel’s my man. But Danny exposed a lot about Triple-G that I think Canelo’s gonna take full advantage of.”
The Nevada State Athletic Commission will announce the judges for the Golovkin-Alvarez fight on Monday. Whoever is assigned to score the fight, the former WBA super welterweight champion doesn’t think they’ll favor Golovkin.
“If it goes the distance, then Triple-G ain’t winning no decision in Vegas,” Trout said. “He’s not. Triple-G is gonna have to knock Canelo out. Who knows? He can do it.”
However, Trout added, “I think they’ve both got good chins. I think it’s gonna go the distance and Canelo will win a decision, regardless of who won.”
Trout, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, lost to Mexico’s Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) on all three scorecards in their 154-pound title fight four years ago at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Alvarez dropped Trout in the seventh round and won by scores of 118-109, 116-111 and 115-112.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.