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Austin Trout SD 12 Saul Alvarez: This is the biggest step-up for both fighters -- Miguel Cotto is past his prime -- and should be a fun fight that pushes each man to the limit.
Record: 4-3 [Last week's pick: Rigondeaux UD 12 Donaire]
Saul Alvarez UD 12 Austin Trout: I think this will be a tit-for-tat battle of strength, heart and wits from start to finish.
Record: 3-4 [Last week: Donaire mid-to-late KO Rigondeaux]
Saul Alvarez TKO 9 Austin Trout: Canelo Alvarez has been forewarned. Favorites have been falling in a surprising spring that is beginning to look like a season of upsets. Alvarez can reverse the trend, but he’ll have to do so against emerging Austin Trout, who will test him with speed believed to be a Canelo liability.
Record: 4-3 [Last week: Donaire KO 11 Rigondeaux]
Saul Alvarez SD 12 Austin Trout: Remember the Alamodome? If you do, you'll remember that whipping a WBC affiliated Mexican opponent in San Antonio, Texas doesn't always guarantee a win on the score cards. Just ask Pernell Whitaker.
Also, crazy things can happen, and that's what I expect here, but maybe something even more outrageous than the Whitaker-Chavez draw back in 1993.
Between the first and final bell, Austin "No Doubt" Trout will again the show the world just how good he really is by out-boxing the dangerous but over-matched Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
After winning at least eight of 12 rounds, there should be no doubt about who won the fight. When split-decision scores in favor of Alvarez are read, boxing fans will again have another Texas scoring controversy. The pick is Canelo by split decision. At least Whitaker got a draw.
Record: 2-5 [Last week: Donaire KO 7 Rigondeaux]
Saul Alvarez W 12 Austin Trout: When it comes to picking fights, there's no rest for the weary -- and that speaks very well for the state of boxing in 2013. This is an exceedingly tough pick because both fighters are in their best fomr and each has assets that could stymie the other.
For Austin Trout, they are the possibility of a high-volume attack, his southpaw style, his excellent defense that stacks up well with Floyd Mayweather and Guillermo Rigondeaux, and his ability to thrive in hostile environments.
I think intangibles may determine the winner here, and the intangible I'm speaking of is vengeance. That, I believe, will give Alvarez the extra boost he needs to come out with a hard-fought decision win.
Record: 3-4 [Last week: Donaire W 12 Rigondeaux]
Saul Alvarez SD 12 over Austin Trout: Saul Alvarez's strength advantage will help him when the tricky Austin Trout stops to trade with him, which Trout will do at times, despite the potential danger in exchanging with a more powerful puncher.
Record: 0-2 [Last week: Donaire late-round TKO Rigondeaux]
Saul Alvarez UD Austin Trout: I got Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Austin Trout is good, and the fight will be close throughout.
Record: 1-2 [Last week: Donaire TKO 10 Rigondeaux]
Austin Trout W12 Canelo Alvarez: You have to applaud Canelo Alvarez for taking on the best junior middleweight available in Austin Trout. However, I think Canelo's going to have issues finding his elusive foe.
Record: 4-3 [Last week: Donaire W 12 Rigondeaux]
Saul Alvarez SD 12 Austin Trout: I am looking for a very competitive, pretty much tactical, and long fight. It is a very interesting contrast in styles. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez usually starts quite slowly and builds up the heat.
Record: 4-3 [Last week: Donaire KO 5 Rigondeaux]