Sunday, January 27, 2013
Trout-Canelo close for May 4?
By Michael Woods
Boxrec says Austin Trout will fight Canelo Alvarez on May 4 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. That venue and date would be topped by Floyd Mayweather fighting the vaunted "TBD."
I called Trout's promoter, Greg Cohen, for confirmation. "I'd like to see it happen," Cohen said.
So, if it isn't a done deal, is it fair to say Trout is at the top of the list to fight Alvarez?
"Canelo's at the top of the list to fight Trout," Cohen redirected. "Canelo is at the top of the list and has been for two years since Austin beat his brother Rigoberto for the vacant WBA world light middleweight title."
Alvarez, a 22-year-old Mexican, holds the WBC 154-pound crown. He has a 41-0 record, and a fight with Trout would shut up doubters and semi-skeptics who believe his management hasn't stepped him up to the point where we can declare him the goods.
Trout (26-0, age 27) is a New Mexico resident who earned himself a ton of new fans, many of them Miguel Cotto rooters who grudgingly had to concede that he has pound-for-pound level skills, with his UD12 handling of Cotto on Dec. 1 at MSG.
And what of the listing on Boxrec?
"I can't speak for Boxrec, I can only speak for Team Trout," Cohen said. "It's one we want. Hopefully it gets done. I'll call us cautiously optimistic."
I asked Cohen if he cared to share any info on any other member of his stable. He paused and replied, "We'll leave it at Austin. I think it's going to be Austin's week."