that there is a WBA junior middle wieght world champion from there? He won his belt like a month ago. Austin Trout. Read an article that he graduated from Mayfield High school. Boxing is confusing now adays because I looked up the WBA, and found that they have something called a super champion,who is Miguel Cotto. I guess that means his belt is not only a world belt,but of the universe too.
The belt he has is pretty much meaningless, too many belts going around per weight class. I think you'd be hard pressed to find him in any top 10 weight rankings, but mostly because he hasn't really fought anyone. He's been pretty guarded in his matchups, but I think they're finally starting to move him up against better competition. I'd like to see him fight Martirosyan, an undefeated fighter who beat him like three times in amateurs (one was for any olympic spot). That fight would potentially set him up for some major title opportunities.
I care. I'm actually a pretty big boxing fan and keep up with the sport. I think Austin's the real deal and I would consider him to be top ten at Jr. middleweight. His biggest problem right now is that he is a high risk low reward matchup for the bigger names in the division. Another issue he has is that he currently doesn't have a promoter. Put those together and the bigger names are going to avoid him like the plague. It's too bad because he really has the talent and drive to be something special. Hopefully it'll work out for him sooner rather than later.
Picoso wrote: I care. I'm actually a pretty big boxing fan and keep up with the sport. I think Austin's the real deal and I would consider him to be top ten at Jr. middleweight. His biggest problem right now is that he is a high risk low reward matchup for the bigger names in the division. Another issue he has is that he currently doesn't have a promoter. Put those together and the bigger names are going to avoid him like the plague. It's too bad because he really has the talent and drive to be something special. Hopefully it'll work out for him sooner rather than later.
"We've got a brand new dance. It's called we've got to overcome."
Some credit needs to go to Louie Burke for helping Trout be in the position he's in. Cruces has some good boxing roots. Hell even Jonney Topia lives here. I meet Jonney one weekend while fishing in northern New Mexico. Within 10 min. the two of us were the best of friends...no kidding.
Agree completely about Burke. I know Burke and Trout have been working together for the last 10 years, it's obviously been a good combination. That's a good thing too because another of Louie's fighters, Antonio Escalante, was blasted out in the first round on the first round on Friday night. Of course it's almost impossible to teach a guy to have a good chin.
Another update, it looks like Austin will be making the first defense of his title on June 11th against David Lopez at a site TBA in mexico. Probably not the matchup he was looking for but it beats sitting around for a long time. Lopez is a very tough but limited guy, it should be a good fight but one that is winnable for Trout.
I know it's been slow here lately and that this might not get that many views, but Trout will be making the first defense of his title tonight in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. I'll try to find a link to the fight and post it here as it gets closer to fight time.
Actually, I would be very shocked if one of the big promoters signed him. Currently the two biggest promoters in boxing are Top Rank and Golden Boy, both have proven money making fighters at 154 pounds, the division that Trout fights in. Golden Boy has Saul Alvarez and Top Rank has Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Both of these guys bring in a ton of money every time they fight but personally I don't think either one of them is quite as good as Trout. If one of the two companies was to sign Trout they would have have to put their big money maker in against him and although Trout might be the better fighter he doesn't bring in nearly the same amount of money that the other two do. Neither company is going to risk putting a loss on the record of their big name, undefeated fighter against a relatively unknown but highly skilled boxer.
Update, Austin's fight in Australia was cancelled when his proposed opponent, Anthony Mundine backed out for reasons unknown.
Now there is talk of Trout fighting Delvin Rodriguez on HBO towards the end of November. If this is true and if everything falls into place this is huge. HBO is basically where the cream of the crop fight. Rodriguez is a pretty good boxer so it shouldn't be a walk in the park for Trout but it is a winnable fight for him. A win on HBO sets him up for further big money fights as well as gives him some much needed name recognition.