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Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez Defeats Austin Trout to Unify Junior Middleweight Title

Canelo faces his toughest challenge tonight when he faces Austin "No Doubt" Trout.
Canelo faces his toughest challenge tonight when he faces Austin "No Doubt" Trout.Josh Hedges/Getty Images
Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2013

Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez took a huge step towards boxing's elite tonight with a unanimous 12-round decision victory over Austin Trout in San Antonio.

The scorecards of 115-112, 116-111 and 118-109 were much wider than most of the media cards but reflected the judges appreciation for Alvarez superior punching power.

Canelo was able to drop Trout for the first time in his career to begin the seventh round but was forced to fight in spurts as he appeared to tire down the stretch.

It was an extremely close, competitive fight that legitimately could've gone either way. It all came down to whether you favored Trout's activity and volume punching or Canelo who didn't throw as many shots but clearly had the power advantage.

The win paves the way for Alvarez to seek out a potential huge money superfight with Floyd Mayweather in September and will only increase his star-power in the sport.

With the win he now holds the WBA, WBC and The Ring Magazine junior middleweight titles.

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