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Austin Trout: “Started from the bottom, now we here.”
Unbeaten WBC super welterweight champion, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) and undefeated WBA junior middleweight champion, Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KOs) will unify their 154-pound world championships on Saturday, April 20, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. More than 40,000 are expected to attend what should be a very intriguing fight.
SHOWTIME will televise this historic event beginning at 10 PM/ET.
As much as this fight is business for both fighters with the winner becoming a huge star in boxing, this fight is also very personal for Alvarez.
“This fight for me is personal,” ‘Canelo’ said. “I know Trout beat my brother. I was there that day and that made me feel helpless. Now I’ll get the chance to avenge his loss and bring him up to the ring with me when I win.”
Austin Trout, the man that pan-smacked former three-division world champion Miguel Cotto around the ring through twelve rounds last December at Madison Square Garden, whipped Alvarez’ sibling to become the WBA 154-pound champion.
In February 2011, Trout went to Alvarez’ native Mexico to beat-up Rigoberto Alvarez, via 12-round unanimous decision to claim the vacant WBA 154-pound title. In two years, the 27 year-old Las Cruces, New Mexican native has successfully defended his title four times and is currently at the top of his game.
Trout took a verse from Drake’s newest release: “‘Started from the bottom, now we’re here. Started from the bottom, now my whole team’s here.’”
Trout is humble and is relishing in the glory of his new-found fame. Trout, a pleasant young man, loves being a world champion, he enjoys fighting on SHOWTIME, and loves the attention that he’s receiving now that he didn’t receive prior to busting up Cotto. Even with the new-found publicity, the story doesn’t change for Trout. The work ethic and sacrifices continue.
“I was born in El Paso, Texas,” Trout said. “This is where I’m from. I’ve been around Latinos all my life and I can say I feel like one of you. Boxing is never going to be dead when there are fans like this (in Texas). It’s a sport that is 200 years old, but when you have a fight like this you know it is alive and well. Mark my words, on April 20, Texas will win.”
Alvarez was promised a unification fight against Miguel Cotto in the event the Puerto Rico sensation remained undefeated at Madison Square Garden in a title fight with Trout last December. Instead, Trout, in the biggest victory of his career, outclassed Cotto through twelve rounds.
With no one available to fight and with Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather preparing to fight Robert Guerrero on May 4, on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View, Alvarez will step his game up against Trout: Title-for-Title, Champion vs. Champion.
“I’m a fast, hungry champion,” Trout said. “I don’t believe that Canelo is the second coming of Oscar De La Hoya. I do believe that I’m the better fighter. If I didn’t think I could be victorious, I wouldn’t be risking my life and limb to face this man. I wouldn’t be risking my undefeated record and my belt if I didn’t believe in myself. I’ll be victorious and I’ll go home as the unified champion.”
It is that same confidence and belief that Trout had when no one said he was capable of being the first boxer to defeat Cotto at Madison Square Garden. Trout put on a clinic against Miguel and appears more than determined to take both Alvarez’ belt and unbeaten record.
“Someone’s ’0′ has got to go,” Trout said. “It sure as hell isn’t going to be mine and I’m sure he is saying.”
Tickets priced at $300, $150, $100, $50, $25 and $10, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, are on sale now and available for purchase at the Alamodome box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000.
PHOTO CREDIT: Stephanie Trapp