Trout dominates in welterweight debut

By David Finger at ringside

Boxing fans have known for some time that Austin “No Doubt” Trout is an elite junior middleweight. But at 34-years-old and having lost his last bid for a world title back in 2018 there were questions as to where he could go from there. Well, he had an answer to that question: welterweight.

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And on Saturday night at the Inn at the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, New Mexico, Austin Trout dipped his toe into the welterweight pool as he easily dispatched 34-year old Mexican brawler Rosbel Montoya in two lopsided rounds.

Make no mistake, having lost seven of his last eight fights nobody was picking Montoya to pull off the upset. Trout was expected to win and win impressively. But having never fought as a professional below 153 pounds there were still those who wondered what Trout would look like at this lower weight. Would he be able to retain the speed and slickness that defined his career at 154-pounds?

The answer, at least right now, appears to be yes.

Trout, 149.1, made a statement after he dominated Montoya, 153.6, stalking his foe intelligently before dropping him in the opening round with a counter right hand. Montoya rose quick but clearly had no answer for the surprisingly aggressive New Mexican. Trout attacked his wounded opponent, backing him up in the corner. Montoya slipped to the canvas in the final minute of the round, closing out a disastrous round for the Mexican native.

It would only get worse in the second. Montoya showed signs of visible damage from the body attack of Trout and seemed ready to fall after a vicious body attack had him doubled over. A short right cross a minute into the round sent Montoya to the canvas a second time and referee Robert Velez elected for wave the fight off at 1:09.

“It was good,” Trout said about his performance. “I won, I got the knockout. It was the first time I came in at 149. So far so good!”

With the win Trout improves 32-5-1, 18 KOs while Montoya falls to 17-10-1, 13 KOs.

In the co-main event 24-year old Abel Mendoza, 129.7, won a hard fought unanimous decision over 36-year old Las Cruces native Juan Carlos “Johnny” Guillen, 127.4. Guillen was coming into the fight the loser of six of his last seven fights but promised to shock the boxing world despite being on a downswing. And although he came up short against the slick boxing prospect he nonetheless saw his stock move up a few notches based on his gritty and tough performance.

Mendoza dominated early, capitalizing on his advantage in speed and boxing ability. This, coupled with a hard overhand right that he used effectively, solidified a solid opening round.

But by round two an interesting trend was emerging: Guillen was simply not taking a backward step. Despite Mendoza boxing beautifully he seemed unable to discourage the underdog. By round four Mendoza began to show the first signs of fatigue and by round five many Mendoza fans at ringside began to get a little nervous as the visibly tired Mendoza slowed down considerably. Despite his comfortable lead on the scorecards, the prospect appeared to have hit a wall in round five as the gritty Guillen pressured him relentlessly. Round six also seemed to be a difficult round for Mendoza, who did well when he was jabbing and moving but was clearly not able to maintain the punch output he had in the early rounds. After another close round in the seventh, with Mendoza struggling with the relentless aggression of Guillen, it looked like the eighth would be a critical round for both men.

Although Guillen hard turned the tide of the fight in the second half it was also clear that he dug himself a deep hole in the early rounds. He didn’t just need to win the final round: he needed to win it big. For Mendoza he needed to close out the show in impressive fashion. Both men fought accordingly, but it was Mendoza who was able to dig deep and end the momentum of the underdog. Mendoza made the most of his times on the ropes, firing off flurries to out-hustle his aggressive foe in the final round. All three judges scored the fight 79-73 for Mendoza, who improved to 22-0, 16 KOs. Fightnews.com had the fight a little closer, at 77-75. Guillen sees his record fall to 8-7-1, 3 KOs.

In the opening fight of the Impact Network televised card from Mescalero, New Mexico heavyweight Alonzo Butler, 295.6, made quick work of Jesus Martinez, 292.4, stopping him at 2:22 of the first after scoring a pair of knockdowns. Butler’s name has been making the rounds after rumors of a possible matchup with Riddick Bowe hit the internet last month. Although few expected Butler to be derailed by Martinez, there were questions as to how well the 40-year old could cope with a layoff of nearly three years. Well, fans didn’t get the answer to that question but did get the answer to another one: Alonzo Butler can still punch. Butler was content to stalk and look for his shots, but he dropped Martinez with a hard shot halfway through the round and scored a second knockdown moments later when he fired a hard left to the body followed by a right to the temple. Referee Stan Saavedra widely waved off the fight at 2:22. With the win Butler improves to 32-3-2, 25 KOs while Martinez falls to 23-14-1, 13 KOs.

Much to the relief of boxing fans, Butler dismissed talk of a Riddick Bowe fight when interviewed at ringside.

“I ain’t going to fight his old ass,” Butler said. “I think he’s senile.” Butler also made it clear he wanted to make a serious push for a world ranking and had a particular contender in mind.

“I want Dillian Whyte!” Butler said after the fight. “I’ve been chasing him for five years!”

Undefeated 18-year old junior middleweight Robert Garcia, 151, of Austin, Texas was forced to go the distance for the first time against 38-year old journeyman Rey Trujillo, 155.3, of Houston. Early on Garcia showed signs of brilliance as he effectively went to the body with such ferocity that it brought back memories of a young Mike McCallum. But the gritty and durable Trujillo was able to hold his own and even landed some of his own heavy blows in round three. However the young Garcia wisely returned to what worked so well in round one and hurt Trujillo to the body in the closing minute of the round. Nonetheless the prospect was unable to drop Trujillo and the veteran held his own the the final round. All three judges scored the fight 39-37 for Garcia, who improved to 6-0, 5 KOs. With the loss Trujillo falls to 1-7-3, 0 KOs.

In a heavyweight fight debuting Jack Storey, 208.9, from Sunderland, England, struggled with journeyman Omar Acosta, 208.7, winning a four round decision. Although he didn’t necessarily impress fans at ringside he nonetheless won a shutout decision. Storey made no friends when he responded to Omar’s attempt to touch gloves at the start of the fight with a shot to the chin. He then jumped on the hard luck Texan, but despite his aggression he failed to land anything to discourage Acosta. By the end of the round Storey started showing signs of fatigue. However Acosta wasn’t able to capitalize on his opponents fatigue and failed to push the action enough to turn the tide. Nonetheless he gave Storey a much tougher fight than the Brit was expecting for his professional debut. All three judges scored the fight 40-36. With the win Storey improves fo 1-0 and can chalk this up under the “win now, look good next time” column. Omar Acosta sees his record slip to 1-7-1, 1 KO.

In the opening bout of the night undefeated Brandon White, 112, won a shutout unanimous decision over the game Mario Chavez Tovar, 116.6. White boxed brilliantly in the opening round but slowed considerably in round two and three. Still, the undefeated prospect dug deep in round four to finish the fight impressively. All three judges scored the fight 40-36 for White, who improved to 5-0, 2 KOs. Tovar falls to 0-4.

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  • Trout had his moments earlier in his career. I would not say he was P4P best, but he had some decent skills to box with the best. Props to him. At this stage of his career, he should consider his long-term health and enjoy living life while still having his mental faculties.

    • Bruh understand that how he feeds his family. U want him to go work at Walmart a tire shop? He kinda has to fight while he can. U retire at 34

    • Whaaat? Scooby.. no more scooby snacks for you. He’s only 34! SERIOUSLY guys.. you MUST look past that herd mentality.

      For real… Look at yourself and think..
      “When *I am, is and/or was* in my 30’s should everyone count me out and take in that I’m too old to be successful?”

      Think fellas! If you can’t stand to fight anymore and life’s got you against the ropes… are you going to throw in your own towel?

      • The concept to examine is some fighters lose their touch to creep back into their championship skin they once had in their younger years. Like all fighters when they age, the risk of injury increases in each subsequent fight. Yes, someone in their 30’s is young, but this is boxing not a white collar job behind a desk. A fighter’s health is the most important item to consider in this age bracket and beyond. If Trout was smart, he should have invested monies in savings as a nest egg to retire young and enjoy life and explore other career moves. However, some folks live in the moment and never invest money and they are always chasing the “tiger” by the tail with debt so they must keep risking their health to pay bills.

        • Thanks for picking up the scent Scooby Doo we can always count on You! But on a serious note, Yes sir I totally agree with you on that Scoobz! Definitely a good and smart move to examine their own health not only physically but mentally as well. No doubt Boxing is dangerous, but the rewards for these guys are legendary. Trout is smart I’ll say, he doesn’t do drugs, he’s never in legal trouble, he knows how to hold his temperament and he’s balanced with business, society, home and Family. That’s important for someone that’s making a career. Boxing can really make a flash-bang out of someones career with the luxuries of fame. Just look at some of the greats that gained illustrious fame as the best but end quickly having to figure their life out at their own defeats. And then on the other hand some don’t look for that fame either… they fight because it is what they love!

          Again yes, generally if someone’s health is declining or their lifestyle is not conducive to their career choice, and the list goes on.. then it is time to check in. All I saw was that he put down a Mexican boxer from the underbelly with ease, and if you know about the US shutdown of travel from where that kid was from you’ll understand he’s no joke. Not saying he’s a bad guy either.. just a different ilk. They still have Mexican standoffs where that guy’s from.

          As for No Doubt Trout, Still to be seen if he can stand and put down the whole class. I say we give him that chance. Perhaps he’s checking the waters at this new weight to see if he can still swim! We can only watch and see, but I think this guy still has some tricks lurking in the depths of the water!
          Your bud Shaggy,
          Oz

        • Bro you dont know this guy personally or what challenges he faced growing up and entering the sport of boxing! My point is before you judge this gladiator do your research! He mightve invested and is profiting exponentially but just loves the sport that much and wants to compete like any real competitor!!! You see if he was rich and didnt risk his health you giys would call him a cherry picker but since he is 34 And not performing up to your standard he is washed up and needs to consider his health??? When Floyd fights smart he is egotistical but Trout having enough heart to still compete he is ignorant lol! Give me a break

          • RichPalms, thanks for the follow up. One thing we know for sure is as we age the risk of health and injury climb. Trout is not immune to those risks. I think it’s fair to say that at his age and stage of his career, it’s only feasible to consider the overall long consequences to damaging one’s health regardless of his peroneal endeavors. Have you ever looked up and read the minimum health exam requirements to even start fighting at a certain age in some states? Some folks have to get baseline CT scans/ MRIs to rule out existing health issues before a bell even rings. My comment is not about money. It’s about saving one’s life so they can see their grandchildren grow up and be happy.

  • First, Trout is not an elite fighter long time ago and 149 lbs is not welterweight. I think Trout’s dreams to land a money fight are quite delusional. He better start to think about a farewell last fight against a boxer at the same level of the one he has just defeated, and that should be it

    • I disagree Mikemiguel: what makes an ELITE fighter. Great fighters that are only great cuz they face bums n run thru them? Nope. Looking at Trout’s record, he has faced the “Elite’s” and yes, those 5 are his only losses BUT he definitely gave them a run for their money and some could argue a couple of those cld have gone either way. An Elite fighter is a great fighter not afraid to take risks jus to protect a record ie… Charlos, Andrade, even Canelo, etc…Trout has fought with the best, that my friend is ELITE in my books

      • Hell no. Those 5 losses he was clearly outclassed and beat. Not one of those 5 losses were close!!! Seriously .

      • Sorry Tony, but based on your criteria boxing should be full of elite fighters. One tha cones to my mind is Jesua Soto Karas or maybe Dereck Chiaora.
        In boxing an elite fighter is the one that his boxing abilities exceeded the limits way above the rest, to the point that always the one is about to face him is the underdog. An elite fighter in short words, is a especial athlete with uncanny attributes, Trout was never that, just very good on his heydays

        • Ok Mike miguel. Ill buy that. That does make sense when it comes to the word Elite. With that mindset though, i wld only have a handfull of fighters with that label. And that is stretched among all divisions. Canelo, packman mayweather, etc… the rest are jus good enough to be the champs. Most champs no-a-days havent really proven n e thing.

          • Dear Tony, right now we have plenty of elite fighters in top of the ones you just mentioned I will dare to say these others are elite too: Usyk, Beterview, GGG, Andrade, Spence, Crawford, Josh Taylor, Jose Ramirez, Lomachenko, Inoue and few more others.

          • Mike: u had me going until u mentioned Andrade… and possibly GGG.. andrade has yet to prove any type of status with his style. He is boring and based off of his last few fights, although wins, he is sloppy. That is a nogo for me on Elite. GGG, well idk. He got beat by Canelo once as well as D’chenko. Hes made a career by fighting smaller fighters so those two have Elite names but i wld not call them elite fighters.

        • I’d have to completely disagree with the “only on his haydays”. I did some research and found out that Trout went Olympiad as stand-in! What’s that mean? That means he was ‘elite’ enough to represent the USA Olympic Boxing team. If you’re outside the US, you’d still understand the Olympics as elite of the elite.. for elites (socio-economically as well). Those that get even close to stand-in, 2nd or draft choice go on to represent the ENTIRE United States of America.

          • Agreed OZ, i know trout and i wld definitely say ELITE. Not only boxing wise but overall is a great guy. He is one of respect, faith, loyalty (changed trainers but still kept Louie Burke in his camp) and most important honesty.. there is only a handful of great role models like him out there. That is for sure

  • At this stage in a fighters career, they delude themsleves into thinking changing weight classes is the answer, and it rarely is. There’s is nothing boxing loves more than a great comeback story though. Prove the world wrong, Trout!

    • Hardly a bum but hey they can’t all be all time greats like u champ…keep it classy guy or be humble sit dowwwnnn…

    • Yes because when Meldrick Taylor Challenged Terry Norris for the Junior Middleweight title it was at a Catch-weight of 149

  • Just going to keep it real. David Finger, I think you are being overly critical towards Jack’s debut. He fought great and made a lot of fans after the fight- including me. It’s clear that the 6000 ft altitude and nerves played a part with the kid who is supposedly from Santa Monica. He came to fight and finished strong despite his tank being empty. He barely got hit. I think he got hit less than 10 times in those 4 rounds. Got a UD from all three judges. I give him and his opponent Omar props and respect for the fight. I don’t know where you were sitting, but the crowd around me expressed excitement and support for Jack throughout the fight. You can’t speak for everyone present at the fight, because I had an entirely different experience and opinion than yours. I see a lot of potential and a bright future ahead of him if he keeps his cardio and confidence up.

  • That was an awesome fight from everyone there.
    Everyone was tested. Alonzo knows he has to drop weight and get in a bit better shape. Abel knows he has to finesse a bit more in the ring, watch his inside etiquette, and really apply himself.

    Austin, he’s a power house and didn’t know it… Keep an Eye Out for Austin Trout!

  • With a 40 …36 win storey looks like he took the bout easy …name of the game defend yourself at all times ….

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