There may not be as many big-time fights in boxing as there used to be, but Saturday's encounter between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Austin "No Doubt" Trout is one that boxing fans have been looking forward to for a long time. There is a lot of hype surrounding it, and the fighters will manage to live up to that hype.
It can be argued that Alvarez and Trout are the two biggest rising stars in the sport, as they are both undefeated and in possession of titles. Alvarez is just 22 years old, but he is already 41-0-1 while the 27-year-old Trout is unblemished with a mark of 26-0.
There has been plenty of conversation among boxing fans regarding who is truly the better fighter, and while that is still uncertain, the question will be answered when their Light Middleweight Championship unification bout comes to an end.
Alvarez is favored due to his dominance in recent fights, but Trout certainly won't go quietly. Alvarez is used to controlling his opponents and ultimately knocking them out, as evidenced by his 30 career TKOs, but Trout has obviously never been knocked out, and he is rarely rocked by punches for that matter.
Trout is arguably one of the toughest fighters in boxing today, so he simply won't be intimidated by Canelo and his impressive resume. Trout proved that in his last fight, as he upset Miguel Cotto in an exciting affair. His win over Cotto was easily one of the best fights of 2012, and Trout will seek a repeat performance against Alvarez.
The Trout vs. Alvarez fight is particularly intriguing because they have very different styles despite being virtually the same size, although Trout is roughly a half-inch taller. Alvarez is an orthodox fighter while Trout is a southpaw who often relies on deception to beat his opponents. It won't be easy to deceive Alvarez, but Trout will provide a look that he isn't necessarily used to.
Also, Trout tends to grind his way through fights and win on the scorecards while Canelo likes to go for the high-impact victory. With that in mind, Alvarez is likely to be the aggressor early in the fight with Trout counter-punching and attempting to set Canelo up for the latter stages of the bout. It is sure to be a cat-and-mouse game that could truly go either way.
Perhaps the best aspect of this fight, though, is that the stakes are extremely high for both men. That isn't always the case, but there is a ton riding on the result. The winner will be anointed the future of boxing in all likelihood and will be in line for some huge fights and some equally huge paydays down the line.
The loser will still be highly touted provided the fight is as close as expected, but his allure will be lessened with a loss on his record. Alvarez and Trout both realize what this fight could mean for their respective careers, so they will scratch, claw and do everything in their power to come out on top.
This fight has the potential to provide everything that boxing fans could possibly ask for. From tactical mind games to all-out brawling, Alvarez and Trout can adapt to any situation. All eyes in the boxing world will be on Alvarez and Trout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday night, and they won't disappoint.
Alvarez and Trout are two of the most exciting young fighters in boxing today, but once their bout comes to an end, they will likely to be known as two of the best overall fighters in the sport, regardless of age.
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