It sounds like the fight between WBA Light Middleweight Champion (Trout) and WBC Champion (Alvarez) is all but set for the undercard of Golden Boy’s Cinco de Mayo card on May 4th in Las Vegas. Canelo Alvarez tweeted Friday afternoon that Austin Trout is next, and Trout’s trainer Louie Burke also indicated the fight is “99 percent set.”
The pride of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Austin Trout became the WBA champion in 2011 after defeating Canelo’s brother, Rigoberto Alvarez in Mexico oddly enough. He is also coming off an impressive UD victory over Miguel Cotto this past December and he will be no push over for the younger Alvarez. However, with high risk comes high reward.
Trout is a tough and crafty fighter with good boxing skills. It will be a tough fight that will test Canelo. Subsequently, a win over Trout would definitely legitimize the young Mexican superstar as one of boxing’s best pound for pound fighters. Couple that with a Mayweather victory on the same card, and that would catapult a possible super fight later this year between Alvarez and Mayweather.
Alvarez versus Trout is worthy of a PPV event on its own, and we are most likely getting it as a bargain on the undercard of a Mayweather main event. Mayweather’s opponent is still stubbornly unannounced. That said, I really don’t care given the likely undercard. My flight is booked and I am beyond excited for this championship fight, which frankly, could go either way. There is a lot at stake for both fighters at this point in their careers, but more so for Alvarez who is lurking in the Mayweather sweepstakes.