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April 20, 2013

ALVAREZ DEFEATS TROUT TO BECOME THE BIG FISH AT 154 POUNDS
By Scott Shaffer

Saul Alvarez W12 Austin Trout... In an electric atmosphere in San Antonio Texas, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez defeated Austin Trout by unanimous decision to become the true world champion in the 154-pound division.  In a fight between undefeated title holders, Alvarez scored the only knockdown of the fight and was credited with the victory by official scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 118-109. Boxingtalk saw it 115-112 for Alvarez. In his postfight interview, Trout conceded Alvarez was the better boxer. One note: the WBC's ridiculous open scoring system ruined some of the fight's drama for television viewers. The bout was competitive and several close rounds had Showtime's announcers debating what the score should be. Unfortunately, the corners, and the Showtime viewers were advised of the official scorecards after the fourth and eighth rounds, so Alvarez knew he was comfortably ahead on the cards, and what should have been a suspensful final round was ruined by Alvarez just marking time, knowing he would win a decision. WBC Jose Sulaiman showed further contempt for the traditions of the sport by strapping the WBC belt onto Alvarez before the 38,000 fans in attendance were read the official verdict. Next time, Showtime should put its foot down and demand boxing's traditional, closed scoring be observed.  As for the fight itself, Trout did well in the first round, and while he remained the busier boxer, Alvarez's punches seemed to be harder and faster. Trout briefly swung the momentum back in his favor with an effective sixth-round body attack. The swing was shortlived because Alvarez came out for the seventh and decked Trout with a straight right that hurt Trout pretty badly. Despite being shaken up, Trout boxed masterfully and did well in the final minute of the seventh. Alvarez seemed a bit sluggish in the eighth, but resumed connecting with hard punches in the ninth. The tenth likely belonged to Trout but Alvarez buckled Trout in the eleventh. Knowing he was well ahead on the offical cards, Alvarez took the twelfth round off.



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