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Q&A: Trout wants Alvarez
WBA junior middleweight beltholder Austin Trout said a fight with Saul Alvarez would make him "dig deeper" and bring out his best.
Having ended 2012 on a bang with his unanimous decision victory over three-division champion Miguel Cotto on Dec. 1, Austin Trout wants to begin 2013 in similar fashion, his preference being a clash with WBC beltholder Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
"It's time to have just one champion in this division," said Trout, a 27-year-old father of three from Las Cruces, New Mexico with a mark of 26-0 that includes 14 knockouts.
"He's a guy who is tough, he's going to be right there, and he throws a lot of punches. I may not be able to push him around as easily. But, you know, with that type of strong fighter in front of you like a Canelo, he makes you have to dig deeper."
Both Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KOs) have targeted May 4 for their returns at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in addition to each boxer having said that he wants to fight on Sept. 14. The dates fall on the two traditional Mexican holiday weekends -- Cinco De Mayo and Mexican Independence Day.
In the past, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said that he would work on negotiations for a matchup between WBC interim 147-pound beltholder Robert Guerrero and Mayweather, who has also been requested by Alvarez.
If Trout is chosen for Alvarez, it would be his first bout in Las Vegas. But that should not be a problem for Trout, whose debut at New York's Madison Garden ended Cotto's run of seven victories without a loss at the venue, as well as the Puerto Rican legend's mark of 9-0 with five knockouts in New York.
Cotto's domination against rivals at The Garden had included four knockouts, including those over Antonio Margarito and Zab Judah, as well as decisions over Shane Mosley, Joshua Clottey and Paulie Malignaggi.
Cotto's contract with Trout included a rematch clause, Schaefer said the Puerto Rican legend could be involved in a June 8 date at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., either as a fighter or as a promoter.
Trout spoke to RingTV.com regarding his effort against Cotto as well as his desire to face Alvarez in this Q&A below.
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