A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Alvarez Wins A Close One!
It was one of those fights that could make boxing legends, two undefeated fighters with different styles at the peak of their career. Canelo Alvarez, a slugging hard punching Mexican, facing the slick boxing Austin Trout.
In the preliminary fights, there was interesting match as former Olympian Terrell Dausha faced an opponent, William Walter, only someone forgot to tell William that he was supposed to be an opponent. In the first round, Walter landed a right hand that nearly derailed Dausha. Dausha barely made it out of the first round and found himself in a do or die battle early in his career. He boxed his way to victory in a learning experience but it was not a certain victory as he scraped out a one point decision.
Jermall Charlom, with his twin brother watching, looked like a master against the veteran Orlando Lara. Charlo used his jab effectively and this set up his left hook and right hands. For four rounds Lara was a mere punching bag as he caught every combination. After the fourth round, Lara’s face was swollen and his right eye bleeding cut as his corner debated with their fighter whether to continue. His corner refuse to allow Lara out for the fifth round as there was no point. Lara didn’t have the quickness to compete with the more talented Charlo.
The fight before the main event, Omar Figueroa and Abner Cotto faced off in a battle of undefeated lightweight fighters. Figueroa began fast and simply winged one punch after punch. He simply overwhelmed Cotto as Figueroa sent Cotto down in the first minute of the bout. Cotto got up but the Figueroa buzzsaw continued as he trapped Cotto in the corner and ended the fight with a nasty body shot.
It was twenty years ago since Pernell Whitaker was cheated out of a victory and had to settle for a draw against Julio Cesar Chavez in one of the great fights of the 1990’s so Austin Trout had to ask, can I win a decision in the Alamo dome as almost all of the 40,000 fans were rooting for Alvarez? For Trout, his strategy was to win decisively and if possible, go for a knockout. As for Alvarez, he was the powerful slugger so he could lose every round and still win with one punch.
Trout controlled the real estate for most of the first round as his jab kept Alvarez off balanced. Near the end of the round, Alvarez managed to connect a left hook but before that he launched two wild shots that missed. Trout continued to jab throughout the second round but Alvarez scored with three big rights that produced the round big shots.
Trout used his jab to flash some combinations over the first half of the third round and twice pivot Alvarez off the rope while Alvarez did manage to land a couple of rights but he couldn’t land any significant body shots to slow Trout. In another close round, the fourth round saw both men landing jabs and occasional power shots but neither men landed solid combinations. At this point it was close fight with Trout throwing more punches but Alvarez punches having more pop. At the end of fifth round, Alvarez showed good head movement as he avoided Trout combinations. Trout jab was effective and threw thirty more punches but most of them were jabs.
Trout managed to land several body shots through the sixth round and while Alvarez started the round fast but Trout body shots slowed Alvarez.
At the beginning of the seventh round, a Alvarez straight right sent Trout down. Trout got back up and fought back. Halfway through the round, Alvarez landed another big right in a round that could have turned the fight. Trout came back in the eighth round as he used his jab to set up his straight left as Alvarez conceded the round.
Alvarez began the ninth some solid body shots and won the first half of the round with his right. Over the second half of the fight, Trout used his jab and left hand combination. The ninth round was a close round to score but maybe the right hand for Alvarez may have won him the round. Trout dominated the tenth round with activity but Alvarez managed to land a few single shots. Showtime was reporting the judges had Alvarez winning easily after eight rounds, making one wonder which fight were the judges watching. (One judge had Alvarez winning all of the rounds at this point, which could be called home town scoring.)
Alvarez landed some big rights while Trout threw consistently the jab in the eleventh round. Near the end of the round, both men landed some bombs against each other in what should have been hard round to score. Trout landed solid lefts as he knew he needed a knock out to win as he attempted to grab the title. Trout won the last round only because Alvarez conceded the round of a fight he already won.
Showtime crew scored this fight close as I did. (I scored the fight 114-113.) The fight was a competitive fight as both fighters neutralized each other offense with some surprising defense. Alvarez won the fight by 115-112 116-111 118-109 by unanimous decision. Trout landed more punches and connected on more punches but Alvarez threw the harder punches. While the judges had the fight wider than I or the Showtime crew had, Alvarez did win the fight.
The most surprising aspect was Alvarez defense as he showed good head movement as he slipped many of Trout punches and that may have been decisive in his victory. As Showtime noted, Alvarez defense won rounds on their card. Trout had nothing to be ashamed as he fought a very competitive fight and judges fail to give Trout more credit for his work. Both fighters elevated themselves but Alvarez was slightly the better fighter.