Thursday, May 17, 2012
Louie Burke: Austin "NO Doubt" Trout update
By Louie Burke
Austin “No Doubt” Trout, just two weeks from defending his title against mandatory challenger Delvin Rodriguez, is putting in his most intense training during this period of camp. Sparring with Austin is veteran J.C. Candelo, who fought “Winky” Wright for the IBF junior-middle weight world championship and who also held the NABF and WBC/USA titles. Joining the wrecking crew is 16-0 Abie Han, who’s getting ready himself for a big fight, on the undercard of Chavez/Lee at the Sunbowl. Rounding off the crew is amateur standout’s Siju Shabazz, Tim Meek and Zach Prieto.
Austin is expecting a tough fight against Rodriguez, who is 26-5-1 with 14 ko’s, and who fought the fight of the year against Pawel Wolak last year. Rodriguez, a good fundamentalist and a student of boxing, is mechanically sound, quick and carries a good wallop in both hands. Rodriguez has been showcased many times on TV and 3 or 4 of his losses have been somewhat controversial.
This is the type of competition that makes great fights and great champions. At this point of the game, Austin is more than ready for the cream of the crop, he wants to be able to prove just how good he is, and the only way to do that is to get through Delvin Rodriguez. This is not going to be no walk in the park, that’s not what he wants. He wants a fight that will be ingrained in the memories of the fans that watched it.
Camp “No Doubt” has been an excellent camp, with excellent sparring. Austin is right on schedule, and he’s looking and feeling good. He expects a tough fight and has been training for such a fight. That is one of the reasons we’ve incorporated strength and conditioning coach Shukree Shabazz, who jumped on board with Team “No Doubt” before the Lopez fight. Also, working in Austin’s corner will be Assistant coach Moose Gomez and cut man Bobby Benton. The rest of the cast that has played a huge part of this fight is Austin’s manager Bob “Spag” Spagnola, promoter, Greg Cohen and advisor, Al Haymon.
This camp, has been a great camp and chemistry within has been awesome. Austin and everyone involved has worked very hard in preparing for this fight. All I can say now is please watch June 2nd on Showtime and Austin will make New Mexico and the Borderland proud once again.
Austin’s fight is dedicated to good friend LaVar Washington, who passed away this week, RIP.
Thank you for all the continued support.