Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Austin Trout Defeats Delvin Rodriguez: 12 Rounds

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Austin and Team Trout making their way to the ring at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California

By Randy De La O

Last Saturday, June 2, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Austin Trout successfully defended his WBA Light Middleweight title, winning a unanimous decision against the always tough Delvin Rodriguez. The fight was shown on Showtime Boxing and was part of four main events, entitled “Four Warned”, also  featuring; Leo Santa Cruz vs Vusi Malinga, Winky Wright vs Peter Quillan and Antonio Tarver vs Lateef Kayode.

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Austin Trout vs Delvin Rodriguez at The home Depot Center, Carson, California

The first few rounds were fought mostly in a defensive mode. It was expected that Rodriguez would come out aggressively but that never happened. Austin, an excellent defensive fighter made good use of his superior jab and hand speed. Still, Delvin is a stubborn fighter and one with a good chin and was determined to make a fight of it. In the middle rounds Trout began to pull away and began to dominate the fight. Delvin seemed to tire in the later rounds. Trout, always in top shape, stuck to his game plan, gave a workmanlike performance and pulled out a victory.

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Las Cruces fight fan showing his support for Trout.

The win was critical for Trout. With Saul “Canelo” Alvarez sitting ringside, Trout wanted to send a message that he was more than ready to unify the title. During the post fight interview he called out Alvarez, respectfully and without the usual braggadocio seen by today's fighters. Alvarez was scheduled to fight Paul Williams in September but that fight is no longer an option due to Williams recent motorcycle accident and severe injuries which may leave him paralyzed from the waist down (We wish him well).

Will they fight? I hope so. Personally, I believe that Austin Trout  has the right stuff to beat Alvarez. We'll see.

Congratulations to Austin Trout, trainer Louie Burke, assistant trainer Randy “Moose” Gomez and manager Bob Spagnola, on their victory.

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