After an 8 month layoff following 2 straight losses, Austin Trout returns as the main eventer on the August 22nd edition of Friday Night Fights. Trout will face 36-year-old Australian light middleweight contender Daniel Dawson in a 10 round fight. Trout is ready to begin a new chapter in his career after failing to capitalize off his wide victory over Miguel Cotto back in December 2012.
It’s good to see Trout in a rebound bout and not being fed to another wolf. Trout is an endearing kind of fighter that you can’t help but root for. He’s got a quiet confidence to him and he fights like he’s out to earn everything. If his 2 losses haven’t had a drastic effect, I can see him rejoining the title picture rather easily. Losing to both Erislandy Lara and Canelo Alvarez shouldn’t be cause for much criticism. Both are concussive punchers who were on their best game against Trout. Trout was probably never going to out-slick Lara and the Canelo fight was a toss-up.
Going forward, Trout should get past Dawson, but if you think he’s going to blitz him, you may be in for a surprise.
Dawson is no stranger to contact sports. He began his career as a kickboxer winning 53 out of 64 fights. As a boxer, Dawson has mostly fought out of Australia and his one venture to America was a 10th round stoppage against Serhiy Dzinziruk for the WBO junior middleweight title. If Trout is going to stop Dawson, he’s going to have to work for it. Trout hasn’t scored a stoppage in 3 years. It would be a nice way to say I’m back in the swing of things by stopping Dawson.
Should Trout get past Dawson, the junior middleweight division is currently a dangerous place to be. There aren’t too many easy fights if you’re looking to get back into the title picture.