Austin Trout isn't a big talker, but while telling The RING that he's ready for his big April 20 fight against Canelo Alvarez, he managed to take a clever little shot at his opponent, and his brother, Rigoberto. Trout beat Rigoberto for the vacant WBA junior middleweight title back in 2011.
"This fight for me is personal. I know Trout beat my brother," said Alvarez, 22. "I was there that day and that made me feel helpless. Now I'll get the chance to avenge his loss and bring him up to the ring with me when I win."
Trout scoffs at the notion of revenge.
"I hear that he wants to take my belt and give it to his brother. I'm like, 'Why?' His brother didn't deserve his belt either. Is that an Alvarez tradition?" said Trout.
Trout (26-0, 14 KO) says he's working on throwing more combinations, isn't worried about Alvarez's good left hook, and has had a strong training camp, trying to foresee adjustments that Canelo might make to his style, and then make his own adjustments.
For my money, this is really the best fight on the schedule right now, and there are a lot of good fights coming up. This is a genuinely intriguing fight in terms of the fighters in the bout, the way their styles match up on paper, and actual relevance to the boxing landscape. The winner of this fight is truly established as the best 154-pound fighter in the world today.