Michael Rosenthal

Alvarez outpoints Trout to win the vacant RING title

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated Austin Trout by a unanimous decision to win the vacant RING junior middleweight championship and unify the WBC and WBA titles Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

The fight was competitive, as Trout landed more punches but Alvarez landed the harder punches. One of Alvarez’s shots, a straight right in opening seconds of the seventh round, put Trout down and hurt him.

The most surprising aspect of the fight might’ve been Alvarez’s defense, as he proved to be very difficult for Trout to hit cleanly.

The scores of judges Stanley Christodoulou and Oren Shellenberger – 118-109 and 116-111, respectively – seemed to be skewed too much in Alvarez’s favor. Rey Danseco scored it a more-appropriate 115-112.

I scored it 114-113 for Alvarez, who passed the biggest test of his career.

“He was the better man,” a humble Trout said afterward. “He was quicker, stronger. I have no excuses for tonight. … I promise to go back to the drawing board. I learn more from a loss than a win. I learned a big lesson today. He was a good fighter.”

Said Alvarez: “Austin Trout was a very difficult fighter, a southpaw. We were more intelligent in this fight today. The better the opponent, the better we will get.”

Trout (26-1, 14 knockouts) connected on 154 of 769 punches, according to punch stats. Alvarez was 124 of 431.

A full report will follow later.

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