By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions has done a good job of shielding WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) from quality opposition since they started promoting him, and they’ve even did a great job of getting him the WBC 154 pound title by having him fight a welterweight in Matthew Hatton instead of an actual top junior middleweight. The way that Golden Boy has built Canelo up has been nothing short of brilliance. Unfortunately, Canelo will be taking his first true test of his career when he faces an actual junior middleweight instead of a welterweight in WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout on April 20th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
With Canelo having faced mostly welterweights while holding down the WBC 154 lb. title it’s hard to see him as anything more than a paper champion.
Canelo will be taking a huge step up in competition in Trout, and I fully expect Trout to out-box Canelo in almost every round of the fight. I see Trout dominating Canelo in 11 of the 12 rounds. The only round I can see Canelo winning is the 1st round and that’s just because Trout will be looking to study Canelo in the opening round to see what he’s got.
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