Dec 7, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Erislandy Lara (black trunks) and Austin Trout (white trunks) box during their WBA Interim Super Welterweight title bout at Barclays Center. Lara won via unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

No Doubt? Where does Austin Trout belong among middleweights?


At one point in 2013, Austin “No Doubt” Trout was ranked in the top five of Dan Rafael’s divisional rankings for junior middleweights. Two losses later, one to Canelo Alvarez & the successive to Erislandy Lara, & the buzz around Trout seems to have quieted a bit. It shouldn’t. Trout has been knocked down twice in his professional career. He also holds a victory over likely future hall of fame fighter Miguel Cotto. So what should one take from his losses?

For starters, fans can see that Trout is willing to fight the best. Arguably, he fought the two best junior middleweights in the sport currently & competed with both. Some have said that a fight that makes sense for him would be Gabriel Rosado. Both men are on losing streaks after a tough 2013, but both continue to be respected among their fellow fighters. Such a fight would be a reasonable draw & would fit well on the under card for a title fight. Trout is a boxer who is not extremely swift, but does what he does well. He has a fantastic jab that gives his opponents fits & great counter punching skills.

He has been a busy man for sure, which mad add to why he has not been in many conversations around the ring lately. He was married to his wife Tina last year, shortly after the fight against Alvarez. He is also a charitable man, participating in many out of the ring ministries. In gauging his return, a fight against the likes of Alfred Angulo could make a great deal of sense. Angulo recently fought both Lara & Canelo, losing to both. A fight between Trout & Angulo would not be pretty, but they may be on a path towards one another, if the risk does not seem to great for either men’s promoters.

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