Ok, lets start off by going over the judges score cards. The three judges had scored the fight differently, 115-112, 116-111, 118-109, all in favor of “Canelo” Alvarez. The 115-112, and the 116-111 are debatable, arguable, and subject to human error. I had the fight 114-113 in favor of Alvarez because of the 7th round knock down. Excluding that 10-8 round, I saw a draw. But the judge that had the fight 118-109, I’m not even going to waste my time and ponder what that judge was watching. The fight was evidently much more closer than that score card, but without a doubt, Canelo rightfully won this fight.
In all honesty, Canelo, did not just shock Trout, but the entire boxing world. I am pretty sure that many boxing experts could not have imagined Canelo fighting the way he did tonight. Alvarez came to this fight with a game plan, stuck to it, and fought “Trout’s fight.” Canelo defensively boxed Trout with nice footwork, and impeccable head movement. I mean, Trout tried to dictate the fight by establishing his jab, which he does very well, but Canelo just kept slipping them off, sometimes with great ease. By doing this, Canelo was able to land some solid jabs at times, and was able to keep sticking Trout with a stiff right to the midsection. Sure, Trout was the aggressor for the entire fight but, some how, Canelo was able to make Trout miss for the majority of the fight. Canelo kept patiently waiting for an opening, and in the 7th round Canelo took advantage of an opening in Trout’s guard as he threw a jab and ate a solid straight right to the mouth. In my opinion, that 7th round knock down was the “wow factor” and what lead Canelo to be the unified Super WelterWeight champ.
Canelo showed that he is no bum. He showed that he can brawl when needed, and that he can box and adapt to his opponents dominant style if he needs to. Was this an easy fight for both guys? Heck no! Trout is an amazing boxer, and Canelo knew this. If you paid close attention, both fighters had a great deal of respect for each other. Trout tried to keep Canelo at distance, away from his range, and Canelo kept being patient, working his defense and waiting for the right moment to stick a counter jab, or a counter right upstairs or downstairs in form of a straight cross or an uppercut. For this reason, I was appalled when the telecast commentators had Trout ahead in points, and when I saw people on twitter had a shut out in favor of Trout. I mean, how can you give a guy rounds when he’s hitting air, and the other guy is showing ring generalship and connecting with solid accurate counters. Do I need to remind boxing fans that boxing is a sport where “you hit but not get hit!”
This is where “boxing heads” and so called “boxing experts” get on my nerves. And I’m not looking at this with a biased point of view. If Trout would of kept popping Alvarez head with his jab, and land any solid shots for the majority of the fight, I would agree on scoring the fight in Austin’s favor, but he didn’t! In professional boxing, you don’t win fights by throwing a barrage of punches and hit nothing but air…this isn’t the olympics. In professional boxing, you win fights by either, A) outboxing your opponent (and yes, by outboxing does mean moving around and hitting your opponent the way Martinez did to Chavez Jr. and the way Rigondeaux did to Donaire. You don’t have to knock your opponent out to win.) and B) By out punching, and yes this means actually connecting your glove to your opponent’s face or midsection, which can lead to a KO or TKO victory. Neither fighter outboxed each other, but Canelo was landing more significant punches, thus scoring more points. So why the huge discrepancy? Why is it that when other fighters fight in a similar cautious and defensive manner, they get unanimous decisions and people justify such styles. For example, Mayweather vs Cotto. Cotto was the aggressor, landed some shots and even made Floyd bleed, but Cotto mostly hit nothing but gloves, elbows, and shoulders and Floyd got the UD and it’s a masterful performance. Yet Canelo, and Rigondeaux, for that matter, do the same, and there is still discrepancies as who actually won? C’mon…lets give credit where its due! Tonight, Canelo was the better boxer, note: better BOXER. There’s a difference. Learn it, its part of the “sweet science!”
At the end of the night, we saw great boxing skills from both fighters. We saw that Trout is a superb boxer who got beat by a stronger guy who can box and pop at the same time. We saw what goes down when two fighters are in their prime and are actually able to compete with one another. In my humblest opinion, I would love to see a rematch, but I don’t think that GBP would want to take that kind of a risk, again. Trout is dangerous, it just happen to be that Canelo, aside from being a great fighter, is smart and picks his shots carefully.
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A Humble Boxing Fan,
Rudy “Ruthless” Gutierrez