With his impressive performance against Miguel Cotto (37-4-0, 30 KOs) on Dec. 1, undefeated Austin Trout (26-0-0, 14 KOs) established himself as a legitimate contender at 154 pounds. “No Doubt” also shed his image as a primarily defensive boxer, dictating the pace of his 12-round encounter against Cotto at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“I’m very happy with this victory,” Trout said at the post-fight press conference. “God pushed me through it. It was a good fight, Cotto is a great champion. He’s strong, he hasn’t missed a step. He comes on, he comes back, he comes fast. And me being able to beat a fighter like Miguel Cotto is just an honor in itself. Just being able to fight a fighter like Miguel Cotto is an honor, to beat him is an even greater honor.”
Having passed the toughest test of his professional career, Austin Trout will undoubtedly try to secure fights against big-name opponents, but he’ll have his work cut out for him. Dangerous boxers with limited popularity are often avoided by big-name fighters, considering the fact it’s a high risk, low reward situation for them.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez would be the most obvious opponent for Trout, but there’s a decent chance Golden Boy Promotions won’t be interested in such a risky fight. Canelo is already close to securing fights against the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Sergio Martinez, and a loss against Trout would take those options off the table
If Alvarez decides to duck a fight against Austin Trout, his standing with hardcore boxing fans will waiver, considering the fact many think it’s about time the Mexican gets inside the ring with a top light-middleweight. If Canelo ends up fighting any opponent not named Floyd Mayweather next, it better be Trout, or he’ll lose a lot of credibility with fans around the world.
Given the fact that it seems like Mayweather will probably end up taking on Robert Guerrero in his next outing, there’s still a decent chance Canelo will be forced to man up and take on Trout.
If Canelo doesn’t accept the challenge, Trout’s best bet would probably be a rematch against Cotto.