"Canelo" Alvarez vs. "No Doubt" Trout - When Blood Is Thicker Than Water - By Jason Petock, Doghouse Boxing
"Canelo" Alvarez vs. "No Doubt" Trout - When Blood Is Thicker Than Water
By Jason Petock, Doghouse Boxing (April 10, 2013) Doghouse Boxing
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"Canelo" Alvarez vs. "No Doubt" Trout
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.” – Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Being hailed as the next great Mexican icon, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1/30 KOs) looks ahead to his clash with Austin “No Doubt” Trout (26-0/14 KOs) on April 20 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas with a fierce determination of mind and a vengeance in his heart. The 22 year old Mexican sensation seeks retribution against Trout, who defeated his older brother, Rigoberto “El Español” Alvarez in a 12 UD victory for the then vacant WBA World Light Middleweight Title at Arena Coliseo in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico back in February of 2011. Both Alvarez and Trout are currently undefeated as professionals so their collision looks to be a scorcher of a bout, as Trout aims to further solidify his Championship status in the rankings while making a name for himself in the process. Yet the task at hand will not be easy for “No Doubt”, who will definitely have to bring his all against an unwavering and focused “Canelo”. “This fight is personal because Trout won against my brother”, says Alvarez, who has dedicated his upcoming fight with Trout to his brother Rigoberto.

Champion against Champion, this should be one for the ages. It is not often that fans get to witness two undefeated fighters go toe-to-toe to really determine who the Champion of their respective division is. Lots of potentially thrilling match-ups get shot down at the meeting table or over the phone, where lucrative business deals lose out over what should be done due to a numbers game. Alvarez is more than confident and has stated recently that, “After I win this fight, I’m going to get that belt and I’m going to dedicate it to my brother.” It is this kind of huge tribute and gesture that shows what it is that “Canelo” is truly fighting for and why he will be a legitimate threat come April 20th. Family pride is something that is hard to beat. Trout doesn’t seem too worried however, and even made light of Alvarez’s prediction with, “I hear that he wants to take my belt and give it to his brother. I’m like, why? His brother didn’t deserve his belt either. Is that an Alvarez tradition?”

Tradition is something that is deeply bred within Mexican culture, and in Mexican boxers that line runs even deeper, often bound by blood. There is a profound sense of honor and pride that Mexican fighters bring with them into the ring that cannot be matched, and it is this inherently rich sense of pride that has produced some of the finest Champions the discipline of boxing has ever known. Well respected and renowned names such as Julio Cesar Chavez (107-6-2/86 KOs) and Marco Antonio Barrera (67-7-0/44 KOs) bring to memory epic wars and displays where that pride was center stage and wars were fought and won for the very same traditional family honor that Saul Alvarez takes with him into the ring against Austin Trout. Alvarez is already cemented as the next great boxing superstar from Mexico, and with an unblemished record to his credit it is going to take an intestinal fortitude and game effort put forth by (also undefeated Champion) Trout to derail the ongoing train of “Canelo” that appears to be full steam ahead thus far.

Whichever man wins this potential “one for the ages”, it’s more than clear that the victor will be able to legitimately claim the 154 pound crown hands down, regardless of what straps are at stake. While Trout doesn’t seem to show much concern for the punishing left hook of Alvarez, he is still going to need to work his combinations effectively and keep moving. As for Alvarez, he will need to press the action while looking to impart his signature knockout early. Should Trout hold up to Alvarez’s initial onslaughts, “Canelo” will need to apply more movement in the ring than usual and essentially cut the ring off in the process. The thing that makes this an interesting contest is that Trout has good mobility and will not just remain in the pocket expecting to get hit. Plus should “No Doubt” get on the stick and put his jab in Canelo’s face all night it should provide an interesting angle, should the fight make it out of the opening rounds. Either way, the stage has been set as it should be without a doubt another great night of boxing for the “Alamo City” to enjoy once the curtains have been drawn.

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