Greg Leon: We haven't spoken in a hot minute Austin. What's the latest and greatest and when can we expect you back in the ring?
Austin Trout: I was hoping to land one of the commentary spots on FS1, but now I see that Anthony Dirrell is going to be doing it, but I'm still hoping and my fingers are crossed. I would be pissed off if that doesn't happen, but as far as my boxing career goes, I've been in the gym, I'm staying sharp and I'm just waiting for the call.
GL: It's been seven months already since your last fight.
Austin Trout: "I'm in the gym like I said and everybody who I really want to fight is already doing something else, but I'm not picky. I just want to stay active, I need to be active to be at my best so I'm just trying to get busy. To be honest with you right now I'm seeing what I can do weight wise."
GL: Oh yeah, what does that mean?
AT: "That means that I've been making changes to my diet and training to see if I can make 147 pounds. I feel like I can make the weight and be strong and if I'm right about that I would be a monster in that weight class."
GL: Not that you're old, but do you really think that you could make that weight at your age?
AT: "I really do because I've been making 154 much easier now than I was when I was 27 years old. I've upped the discipline across the board. I've been doing intermitten fasting. My daugher's made me a pescatarian, I don't hardly eat me anymore. With all these things in place I feel like I could make the weight and be strong so I'm definitely going to take a stab at it."
GL: I assume you'd like this to be a gradual process where you're coming down a few pounds at a time.
AT: "Absolutely. I would like to come in at 150 for my next week and then work my way down from there. If I can get another one at 148 or 149 that would be great because it doesn't make sense to go all the way down unless I'm fighting for a world title."
GL: 149 to 147 doesn't sound like too much, but if you hit a wall those last two pounds could....
AT: (cutting in) "They could be brutal I know, but I wouldn't be taking that chance if I didn't think I could make the weight and be strong at the weight."
GL: What's the primary reason you're looking to make this move? Is it the money? Is it the fact that some of these current junior middleweights look like light heavyweights on fight night?
AT: "It's all of the above man. I think there could be some great action for me at welterweight, and at junior middleweight I see some of these guys coming down from 200 pounds to 154, so I know I can come down from where I'm at to 147."
GL: Where are you at right now?
AT: "I normally used to walk around at 186 somewhere in that neighborhood, but I've been keeping myself sharp like I said so right now I'm at like 165 and I feel like I can make 150 by the end of February for sure."
GL: Why haven't there been any fights for the last seven months? Are you concerned that this could be a repeat of long layoff followed by an A+ fight?
AT: "That's definitely not going to happen again. I won't allow that to happen again, there would come a certain point where I'd have to take control and say this shit ain't right. If they want the best out of me then they need to keep me busy and if they don't keep me busy then they don't really have my best interest at heart."
GL: Do you have any idea when your first fight this year might take place?
AT: "I don't, but I can be ready by the end of February. I'm just waiting for them to get back to me, so we'll see what happens."
GL: Closing thoughts for the fans?
AT: "I want everyone to know I'm still here, I'm ready to fight and I want to thank all of my fans for continue to believe in me. As long as I get the activity I need, I have championship plans for this year so hop on board because it's going to be a fun ride."