‘Canelo’ Alvarez unifies 154lb division with decision over Trout
In a tremendous battle of the puncher and the boxer at the Alamodome in Texas, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez added the WBA light-middleweight title to his WBC belt with a unanimous victory over the now former champion Austin Trout.
The 22 year-old used his superior power to sway a close fight in his direction as Trout attempted to stay outside and jab his way to victory. Alvarez managed to cut the ring off in some rounds, but not in others and Trout was always competitive in what was an entertaining fight from the first bell to the last.
With Alvarez just ahead on my card at the halfway stage, a strong right hand in the seventh sent Trout’s legs dancing and the American eventually touched down in what was a key moment in the fight.
The Mexican then took the odd round off inbetween pressurising Trout for the other three minutes, safe in the knowledge that the knockdown made all the difference to keep his lead intact.
At the end of the contest, and with Trout rocked on more than one occasion towards the end, Alvarez saw out the win 118-109, 116-111 and 115-112, although Stanley Christodoulou’s nine-point scorecard was a sad reflection of what was a closely contested clash.
In chief support, Omar Figueroa destroyed previously unbeaten Abner Cotto in just one round with some devastating body shots to move to 21-0 with his 17th career stoppage, whilst Jermall Charlo kept up his unbeaten run with a fifth round victory.