Canelo Alvarez doesn't fight on HBO anymore, but veteran unofficial scorer and former ringside judge Harold Lederman, who has worked at HBO for years now, feels he's got the beat on the April 20 Showtime matchup at the Alamodome in San Antonio, and his conviction might surprise you.
Lederman told Chris Robinson that he thinks Canelo will shine, and "destroy" the unbeaten Trout, who is coming off of a December win over Miguel Cotto:
"I hate to say this, but I think Canelo's going to destroy him. I like Austin Trout, I like Greg Cohen, I like the whole team; but Canelo's something special. He really is. ... Canelo is a star. He can box, he can move, he can punch. He's 22 years old and he fights like a veteran that's 35 years old. He's a guy that's just a terrific, natural, great fighter. I love Canelo Alvarez."
Lederman is probably a bigger fan of Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO) than many are, as the young fighter has faced some criticism for not taking on the top guys in the 154-pound class, but it was Canelo himself who reportedly forced this fight when Trout (26-0, 14 KO) beat Cotto.
Do you think Lederman is right, or will Canelo have more trouble with Trout than Harold expects?