A slick southpaw from the Southwest, WBA Light Middleweight Champion Austin “No Doubt”Trout is quickly becoming a household name in the world of sports, especially after his upsetting victory over Miguel Cotto.
Headlining on a fight card promoted by Cotto’s home country of Puerto Rico, in the city where Cotto had never taken a loss, Trout defended his title as WBA Light Middleweight Champion, winning by unanimous decision in New York’s Madison Square Garden. In just one night – by giving Cotto the loss he never thought he’d take – Trout upset 2013’s boxing events, and instead of Cotto facing WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, it is Trout who will meet Canelo for a chance to unify their belts. The Trout-Alvarez bout will be the headlining event – and one of the premier events in 2013 boxing – of a Showtime Pay-Per-View card on April 20 in San Antonio’s Alamodome.
In just a few short months, Trout’s career has taken a monumental turn, surprising fans and experts of the boxing world. But it shouldn’t have been surprising at all.
27-year-old Trout, who took up boxing at the age of 10 in his hometown of Las Cruces, N.M., has diligently worked for the title since day one. Trout showed extreme promise as an amateur, becoming the 2004 U.S. National Amateur Welterweight Champion and serving as an alternate for the 2004 U.S. Olympic boxing team.
Hungry to show the world his gift and pursue his passion even further, Trout turned pro at age 20, facing Justo Almanzar in Albuquerque, N.M., and defeating the Mexican boxer in the third round. It was the start of a 26-0 record, 14 of those wins earned by knockout.
Trout was ready to prove himself a champion and take on anyone, anywhere, even if it meant meeting his opponent in enemy territory. He devoured every shot at a title as soon as the opportunity arose and started his belt collection in 2009 earning WBC Continental Americas Light Middleweight Champion and WBA Fedelatin Light Middleweight titles.
In 2011, Trout defeated Rigoberto Alvarez in Guadalajara, Mexico, to become World Boxing Association Light Middleweight Champion. He defended his title twice more that year before facing Cotto in a fight that gave Trout the opportunity of a lifetime.
Trout’s victory over Miguel Cotto has not only showed the world what Trout’s longtime fans have already known; it is opening the world’s eyes to see that Trout could be the pioneer of a new generation of boxing.
It’s not just his enormous success inside the ring; it’s his personable demeanor and timeless fashion sense outside of the ring that make Austin “No Doubt” Trout’s name resound in the minds of many. He uses his quick wit and sharp sense of humor to quip with his teammates. He’s warned elementary school children about the dangers of bullying. He’s supported countless charities in his community. And he’s just that guy who will stay until every fan gets an autograph or the picture they want.
And as he calls on his next opponent – WBC Welterweight Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather is on his short list of hopeful contenders – there will be no doubt in anyone’s mind that this fighter is here to stay.
Record: 26 (14 ko’s) + 0 + 0 = 26
Nickname: No Doubt
division Super Welterweight (154 lbs)