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Austin Trout thinks Lara will outbox Canelo, lose on the cards anyway

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Former junior middleweight titleholder Austin Trout believes Erislandy Lara can beat Canelo Alvarez, but is skeptical he'll be able to get fair scores on Saturday.

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Austin Trout is one of two major names, the other being Alfredo Angulo, who has been in the ring with both of Saturday night's Showtime PPV main event fighters, Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara. Trout lost to Canelo in a competitive bout in San Antonio in June 2013, then was dominated by Lara six months later in Brooklyn.

The 28-year-old Trout (26-2, 14 KO) says that if everything were on the level and fair, Lara would beat Canelo, but boxing being boxing, he can't see Lara getting a decision.

"Canelo has to throw combinations, which he is good at but he has to stay busy and throw more punches than he normally does," Trout said. "Lara can also throw combinations, but he has to utilize his footwork to get in position."

All things being equal, Trout said Lara would win. But there is often more at play in big fights, especially on a Golden Boy card with its most well known fighter on center stage.

"I feel that Lara will out box him, but Canelo will take it," Trout said. "I don't see Lara getting a decision unless he puts (Alvarez) down and I don't think he can do that."

Trout is currently training to face Daniel Dawson either on August 16 on Showtime, or or August 22 on ESPN2.

Do you think Trout is right? Can Lara get a fair shake as the B-side fighter in Las Vegas on Golden Boy's card, or will he need to do something sensational?