Canelo vs Trout took place on April 20, 2013 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The fight was supposed to take place during Cinco de Mayo weekend as the co-main event of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout against Robert Guerrero; however, due to a contract disagreement between Álvarez and Mayweather regarding their potential fight on September 14, 2013, Álvarez opted to headline his own card.
Many doubted the qualities of Saúl ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) as champion, considering that he had not faced high-level rivals, and Auston Trout (26-1, 14 KOs) came as the true champion. , ratified above all by his victory over Miguel Cotto. The Mexican passed the test convincingly.
Under a crowd of 40,000 fans, most of whom supported ‘Canelo’, the fight started with caution, a first round of study between two fighters who seemed to show respect and marked their territory. Trout always with the jab ahead to keep his distance and complicate the rival, while the ‘Canelo’ went on the counterattack, waiting for the spaces that the American could leave open.
Austin Trout kept throwing punches throughout the fight to try to keep the Mexican away knowingly of his power. Alvarez threw fewer punches, but with more precision and power. In tight rounds ‘Canelo’ made the best difference due to the strength of his punches.
Thus came the sixth round, in which it seemed that Trout began to tip the balance in his favor and ‘Canelo’ seemed somewhat tired, however the Mexican finished the lap with a solid upper that warned what was to come.
In the seventh, the final turning point was produced in favor of Saúl Alvarez. A solid right jab staggered and dropped Austin Trout visibly stunned. He stopped and was able to pass the round. He looked better in the eighth Trout but the judges’ open cards gave the Mexican a clear advantage.