Looking to make a full comeback to the spotlight in the boxing world, Austin "No Doubt" Trout battled Luis Grajeda and came away with a decisive victory by TKO in the seventh round.
After slipping some in recent fights, the victory gives Trout two straight wins after defeating Daniel Dawson earlier this year. Dan Rafael of ESPN provides a look at the final result for the fight from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California:
It has been a long journey for Trout after winning the WBA World light middleweight title against Miguel Cotto in 2012. The 29-year-old boxer then lost that belt to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez before falling to Erislandy Lara, both by decision.
Thanks to pulling out a close fight against Dawson, the New Mexico native appeared to be back on track. Prior to the match, Trout spoke about his mindset coming into the pivotal fight, via Thomas Gerbasi of BoxingScene.com.
"They can't question my heart," Trout said. "I've never been one to turn down a fight, and I'm gonna try to fight and get that win regardless of the situation. ... I hope they do underestimate me. I think (the Dawson fight) will make them feel like they have the upper hand with me."
Early in the fight, Trout looked to seize the opportunity by starting fast. The first round was spent with both boxers feeling each other out, but things quickly got intense afterward.
The American jumped out in the first several rounds with some huge punches, but he was unable to knock down Grajeda. Meanwhile, his opponent was relatively ineffective, as play-by-play announcer for Iron Boy Promotions Ryan O'Hara notes:
Trout's dominance in the match continued in the fifth and sixth rounds, with the former champion taking Grajeda to the canvas. That triggered a few more decisive blows from the veteran fighter and some questionable tactics from his opponent.
O'Hara pointed out one strange move from Grajeda during the middle rounds:
Steve Kim of UCNLive.com offered his take on the style for Trout:
Following those convincing rounds, Trout pushed Grajeda to the limit in the seventh. His punches were so strong that Grajeda's corner ended the fight prior to the eighth in a TKO for Trout.
Despite the adversity for Trout in the last several years, his past two fights prove he might be back in the mix for a title bout soon. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated passed along his thoughts on the match:
It's never easy to predict what comes next following a match, but things look good for Trout. The former champion has rematches on his mind along with regaining his title in the near future after the victory.
"In a perfect world, in 2015, I get back to a world title and I get to unify my world title with a rematch against either Lara or Canelo" Trout said, via Gerbasi. "I'm very rematch-minded and world title-minded."
As for Grajeda, the Mexican moves to 18-4-2 (14 KOs) but has lost three of his past five matches. The two boxers are heading in separate directions, but they put on a good fight for a headline match on Thursday night.