Austin Trout is still in the title picture
Former WBA ‘regular’ junior middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (34-5-1, 18ko) continues to march towards a championship fight with a win over unknown Mexican fighter Alejandro “Pajaro” Davila (22-2-2, 9ko).
Originally it was said the former champion would move down to welterweight in an attempt to revamp his career. At this point in his career, the move down is not a wise idea. He more than likely will abandon that notion given his high ranking by the IBF.
Often, fighters will continue to fight long past their glory days, trying to fight off father time. We have seen fighters do it successfully. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao come to mind. But, neither of the two previously mentioned fighters took a lot of punishment. At least, not on the scale that Trout has seen over a 16-year career span.
Fans to this day still talk about the beatings the former champion took at the hands of Canelo Alvarez, Jermall & Jermell Charlo. Perhaps the two worst defeats came at the hands of Erislandy Lara and Jarrett Hurd. Trout looked particularly depleted against Hurd. Not to mention, a split decision draw against Terrell Gausha back in 2019 did not help him at all, either.
THE LAST HOORAH
Trout is having a decent second-half career run. He thoroughly outclasses Davila, winning a ten-round decision. The aforementioned fighter is ranked #6 by the IBF, which makes this a noteworthy story. The former champion is within striking distance of a possible rematch with unified champion Jermell Charlo.
Furthermore, he is on a three-fight win streak and seems to have found his legs again. The former champion’s advanced age (35) is going to come into play as the body tends to slow down, resulting in loss of reflexes, timing, and punch resistance. At this point of his career, he is no longer a top-tier fighter and is considered by many to be a journeyman.
Nonetheless, No Doubt can use this momentum to keep his career off life support while pursuing a championship fight before finally hanging up the glove for good.
By: Garrisson Bland