Former Junior Middleweight World Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout still feels like he can get back in the World Title picture. However, he thinks his best move may be to go down a weight division.
The former WBA 154 lbs. champ from earlier this decade Trout told Boxingscene.com Saturday night that he sees opportunity with the big-name welterweights 7 lbs. below:
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) August 25, 2019
The 33-year old Trout was a Saturday night Fox Sports 1 cable ringside analyst on their coverage of the PBC main event featuring Brandon Figueroa and his WBA Super Bantamweight Championship win.
And, he told the website in a post-broadcast interview that he has some prominent names in mind:
“I’m looking for something else. I’m even looking to try to come to 47 and shake sh*t up.” Trout continued, “I sure can (do it). I make 154 easy and it’s been easier since I changed my diet. With just a little more discipline I am sure I can make it and be strong,”
Then Trout listed fighters (PBC ones) that could be on the radar, “give me Danny Garcia. Give me Danny. I’ll take (Adrien) Broner. I will take them all. Keith Thurman. Danny Garcia would be easy work for me or Shawn Porter – I will take the winner or loser (in his fight versus Errol Spence).”
Trout ascended to 26-0 winning and successfully defending, the WBA 154-pound title four times. That culminated with his 12 round unanimous decision win in December 2012 over former World Champion Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Trout had his 154lb belt taken in his next fight in April 2013 by Canelo Alvarez in a 12 round decision loss that was his first as a pro. Trout worked his way back up to a Jr. Middleweight Title shot again, but was beaten by Jermall Charlo in another 12 round decision in May of 2016. He also lost another title bid to Jarrett Hurd 17 months later.
In fact, with those two losses, Trout has struggled at this juncture of his career with only one victory in his last five fights. He has fought only once in the last 15 months and that was a May draw with Terrell Gausha.
So, it remains to be seen if names like Broner, and Thurman, both off losses would consider him? And there would be an outside shot that Danny “Swift” Garcia might want to fight the veteran, because of his name recognition, too.