Austin Trout Links with Rob Garcia and Mayweather Sr.
Looking to cut no corners, former WBA super welterweight Austin “No Doubt” Trout (31-5, 5 KO’s) has made a few notable changes to his team.
In preparation for his May 25 dust-up with Terrell Gausha (21-1, 10 KO’s), Trout has acquired a new strength and conditioning coach and chief second. Yet, “No Doubt” didn’t hire just anybody; the native New Mexican secured the well-renowned talents of S&C trainer Rob Garcia and the infamous Floyd Mayweather Sr.
Building a New Team
In the beginning, Trout had no intention on revamping his team to this degree. The 33 year-old was simply in the market for a new strength and conditioning coach.
Having entered into his thirteenth year as a professional, Trout’s focus is on maintaining his body.
In seeking the perfect person for this task, the crafty southpaw settled upon Rob Garcia. Garcia is a long standing figure in boxing and MMA.
During his professional career, he was fortunate enough to have trained a number of premiere fighters such as Rico Rodriguez, Diego Sanchez, Francisco Bojado, MMA fighter BJ Penn, as well as Oscar De La Hoya, to name a few.
Happy with his selection, Trout was content to proceed as he had before. However, Garcia quickly informed ‘No Doubt’ that if he was coming, Mayweather Sr. had to come along for the ride as well.
Due to his great respect for Senior’s body of work, Trout held no major reservations about adding Mayweather to the team. The three have been working together for the past month now.
Perspective on the Change
On the outside looking in, the professional merger appears to be ideal. Already known as a slick defensive fighter, Trout will undoubtedly add to his immense bag of tricks working with Mayweather Sr. The elder Mayweather is given credit for teaching future Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather Jr his dynamic style.
Junior is routinely thought of as one of the greatest defensive fighters of all time.
Trout became a champion back on February 5, 2011. On that date, he bested Rigoberto Alvarez to take ownership of the vacant WBA “regular” super welterweight title.
Over the next two years ‘No Doubt’ made four successful defenses. Then on April 20, his reign went “up in smoke!”
Fighting in the Alamodome, he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Rigoberto’s brother, Canelo Alvarez.
Since that time Trout has had four more title shots. All of them ended fruitlessly. Now, with his recently assembled dream team, he feels he is ready to change his luck.
We all will have to wait until May 25 to see how this intriguing partnership works out!
By: Bakari Simpson