Saul Alvarez/Austin Trout Head to Head Comparison: Who Has the Advantage?

This Saturday, April 20th two of the best junior middleweights in boxing will get it on in a unification bout. I am talking about none other than Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Austin “No Doubt” Trout. The majority of people are picking The WBC champion Alvarez to win this one and Trout will again be the underdog. This makes no sense to me, but lets take some time and go over the pros and cons of the fighters.
Canelo Alvarez has over 41 professional fights, at the young age of only 22 years old. That is a lot of experience for a guy so young. However, his best competition within those 41 fights is an old watered down version of “Sugar” Shane Mosley, as well as a degraded Kermit Cintron.
Austin Trout only has 26 professional fights under his belt but his opposition has been much better, at least in my eyes. Trout faced the game Delvin Rodriguez and beat future hall of famer, Miguel Cotto, who was fresh off a good showing against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Experience edge goes to Trout.
Both fighters have enough pop that you have to respect them, but I believe Alvarez has the edge here. He turns his punchers over and plants his feet more than Trout. The statistics also back me up on this. Alvarez sports a knockout percentage of 71.43%. While Trout possess a knockout percentage of 53.85%. Having the edge in power could allow Alvarez to wear down Trout for the later rounds but you have to be able to hit him, this leads me into the next point, ring generalship. Edge in power goes to Alvarez. Continue reading


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Rigondeaux claims his place among the best

I once had the pleasure of witnessing unified super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux dance across the canvas to some of the most violent artists the world has ever known at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, CA. The southpaw Cuban legend known as “El Chacal” (The Jackal) was preparing for his fifth fight as a professional after an amateur career that boasted 2 gold medals among top honors at every world championship you can think of for a grand total of some 400 fights. The wins column varies from 374 to 388. The losses are always counted at 12 from what I understand. It was here under veteran trainer Freddie Roach, Rigo searched for his professional mojo briefly.

I wrote at the time, watching him work with various pros over a January morning in 2010:

Watching him in the gym on this particular day, I saw him work with three separate sparring partners; an unknown Armenian kid who was rough, tumble, and too slow to get to Rigondeaux, Gerry Penalosa, who couldn’t hit him with a bucket of water, and Bernabe Concepcion, who made Rigondeaux pick up the pace both with his feet and hands in the final rounds of the session. It’s like watching a scientist in the lab. Rigondeaux is a southpaw who understands how to make that work for him. Always shifting his feet side to side, back and forth, but never in a hurry. Relaxed and calm in what he calls “the Cuban style” of holding his lead hand down in an “L” around his waist, ala Floyd Mayweather Jr., while picking off shots with his rear hand. Nothing is rushed; each movement is used to keep his opponent off-balance and unsure, and all of it worked on this day. I got the sense he wasn’t toying with his opponents so much as tweaking and testing his own style to see what would work and what wouldn’t. Continue reading

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Filipino Promoter Advises Donaire To Climb Up To Featherweight

Veteran boxing promoter Sammy Gello-ani said that Nonito Donaire Jr. should move up to the featherweight class to regain his old deadly form. Donaire lost his World Boxing Organization (WBO) belt to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux via unanimous decision on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in New York City.

“I guess he needs to go up to the featherweight class if he’s not comfortable anymore in the super bantamweight class,” Gello-ani told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Monday. “I didn’t expect him to loose but it happened.”

“If ever Nonito decides to go up in featherweight, he will have a lot of choices there.”

Donaire (31-2 win-loss log with 20 knockouts) showed lack of head and body movements during the bout while the Cuban two-time Olympic gold medalist Rigondeaux employed a cunning hit-and-run tactic.

“I guess he didn’t watch Guillermo’s tapes, Guillermo surprised him during their fight,” said Gello-ani, who is promoting the fight of the one of the remaining two Filipino world champions – International Boxing Federation light flyweight titlist Johnriel Casimero. The other is WBO light flyweight Donnie “Ahas” Nietes.

Meanwhile, Donaire revealed that he might undergo shoulder surgery and after that take some time off with wife Rachel and their new baby.

“The shoulder hasn’t been feeling good for awhile, so I’m going to get a surgery on it and take some time before going back in the ring,” Donaire told boxing website

Written by Josef T. Ramos

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Anatomy of a sorry mismatch

A raging mismatch, the fight was not, in any way, close. Promoter Bob Arum, sour-graping like an old man a decade older than 81, must however be forgiven for readily shooting down the phenomenal Guillermo Rigondeaux as a boring, unsaleable warrior.

Of course, it was Arum who had initially warned that the world super-bantamweight unification fight between Rigondeaux and the highly favored Nonito Donaire could slip into a tasteless tactical war dance.

The fight was not, in any way, dull nor unexciting.


Arum, tested but seldom trusted, reluctantly gave the fight to Rigondeaux by a measly point.

Maybe he managed to keep his score close by telling himself (and the boxing public in the post-fight) that all Rigondeaux did was escape and run.

It was even harder to think if Arum had himself honestly believed what he was saying.

For example: How could a guy who allegedly kept running away inflict horrible damage on the face (not to mention the heart and confidence) of his celebrated foe?

Rigondeau never took a single step back.

The tough, gifted Cuban defector, visibly carved out of a rock, instead made a masterful display of tactical scientific boxing seldom seen in the United States. Continue reading

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