Austin Trout outboxed Delvin Rodriguez tonight, but the fight was a sincere disappointment for fans. (Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime)
Austin Trout won wide on the scores tonight, but didn't do much to impress. The WBA junior middleweight titlist retained his title on scores of 120-108, 118-110, and 117-111 over Delvin Rodriguez. Bad Left Hook scored it 117-111 for Trout.
The fight was exceptionally tentative throughout, and was truly dull. Trout (25-0, 14 KO) said after the fight that he'd give himself a 6.5 or 7 out of 10 tonight, but said that he'd do this every time if that's what he has to do to get the win. It's understandable, but his call-out of Canelo Alvarez was likely empty. Alvarez was interviewed by Steve Farhood after the fight and basically brushed off the idea.
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Rodriguez (26-6-3, 14 KO) was woefully out of sorts tonight. Whether it was the style clash not working or just a flat night, or maybe fighting in the heat outdoors (even though it did cool down over the fight), something wasn't right with the Dominican native (who lives now in Connecticut, if you missed that on the SHO broadcast).
This was a grossly disappointing fight in all respects. It was good matchmaking, and should have been much, much better. It just wasn't. All we can do is move on and hope their next fights are better than this one. It's a huge setback for Rodriguez, who choked on the big stage, and a bit of a setback for Trout, too, quite frankly, who didn't impress as he might have wanted to.
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