Alvarez unifies titles with decision over Trout
Mexico's Saul Alvarez (42-0-1) unified the WBC and WBA light middleweight titles with a unanimous decision over American southpaw Austin Trout (26-1) in San Antonio on Saturday night.
Alvarez retained his WBC 154-pound title while also claiming the WBA and Ring Magazine straps, receiving scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 118-109.
Both fighters kept their distance early in the opening round, with Trout delivering the first meaningful blow with a right jab to Alvarez's forehead with 1:52 remaining in the round. But Alvarez was able to press the action, putting together several combinations to win the round.
The action picked up significantly in the second with Alvarez delivering several body blows and dominating the action taking the second round too.
Alvarez staggered Trout with a left hook to the body midway through third round, causing the southpaw to stop and wince. Trout recovered to deliver several body blows of his own.
Alvarez stunned Trout with a left hook to the head in the fourth round as the two fighters continued to trade blows.
The Mexican dropped Trout early in the seventh round, catching the southpaw flush to the chin with a powerful straight right hand. Trout staggered a few steps backwards before falling front first to the canvas. Alvarez continued to deliver right hooks and jabs to the head, staggering Trout twice more in the round.
Thanks to the semi-open scoring system, Alvarez's corner could advise their fighter he was ahead through eight rounds. He went into defencive mode from there, but still won easily.
"Austin Trout is a difficult fighter. He's a southpaw. But we were more intelligent in this fight today, and the better the opponent is, the better we will get," Alvarez said.
"The better man won tonight," Trout admitted. "He was better then me. I have no excuses."