Texas judges may be needed to find winner between Alvarez and Trout
The state of Texas has had its fair share of controversial boxing results in the past, with Juan Diaz’ victory over Paulie Malignaggi in 2009 surely up there with the worst.
There were certainly hefty grounds to suggest Malignaggi did enough to win the fight, but instead he lost by unanimous decision, including a particularly dodgy-looking 118-110 on the scorecard of one judge.
It is fair to say that Texas does not have the best reputation when it comes to witnessing the right result and the hope will be that iffy officiating and scoring does not cloud the result of what on paper could well prove one of the fights of 2013.
Saul Alvarez not only takes on Austin Trout in a title unification bout in the light-middleweight division, but the fight also pits together opposition that are putting undefeated records on the line.
Picking a winner is tough, with Alvarez preparing himself for the San Antonio showdown by beating Shane Mosley last year, while Trout upstaged another potential future hall-of-famer in Miguel Cotto in his last fight.
It is 2/5 that the fight does goes the distance and require the judges to identify a winner, with the outcome probably depending on which style Alvarez, in particular, adopts.
The 22-year-old is regarded as the harder puncher and is certainly the most likely of the two to punch off the front foot, with Trout looking to use his smart footwork to utilise his impressive defensive skills and lead with the jab.
In terms of betting on the fight result, Alvarez is considered the favourite at 1/2, with a Trout victory priced at 7/4.
If Trout is successful, he can expect to face another from under the umbrella of Golden Boy next, as the promotions company control many of the exciting names in what looks a deep light-middleweight division.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.