Saul "Canelo" Alvarez ran his undefeated record up to 42-0-1 and became the unified WBA and WBC junior middleweight champion by defeating Austin Trout via unanimous decision in San Antonio, Texas.
Those expecting this fight to be action-packed were not disappointed.
Trout figured to be a tough matchup for Alvarez and in the early going that assumption was proved correct. Trout's footwork and quickness allowed him to get out to an early lead on the scorecards before Alvarez's power began to even things out.
Throughout the early and middle rounds, both boxers had their moments, but it was the seventh round where things really began to pick up. After a strong showing from Trout in the sixth round, Alvarez came out and landed a beautiful straight right that sent Trout to the mat for the first time in his career.
If anyone had questions about how Trout would respond to tasting canvas for the first time, he was quick in answering them. After Alvarez punched himself out a bit, Trout was able to recover and get right back to exchanging with his opponent.
No round was a dull moment, as both fighters took their turns gaining the upper hand throughout the fight. This was a very difficult fight to judge as Trout consistently outworked Alvarez, while Canelo's punches landed with more authority.
Considering all the back-and-forth battling throughout and the difference in styles between the two, this is certainly a fight that's bound to spark lively debate. Fans would be lucky to have the somewhat-controversial decision lead to a rematch down the road.
Ultimately, the judges favored the damage Alvarez inflicted over Trout's work. This is a win that should propel Canelo to even greater levels of stardom.
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