Is Trout back? Austin Trout gets back to the winning tab after back-to-back losses in 2013, against Saul Alvarez and Erislandy Lara.
Former junior middleweight titlist and Transnational Boxing Rankings Board ranked number 4 in the same division Austin Trout (27-2, 14 KO’s) got up from two knockdowns in Round 3 and took control of the fight. He got the judges nod and won a unanimous decision against live underdog Daniel Dawson. The scorecards were 97-90 in all three judges.
The 36 years old Dawson (40-4-1, 26 KO’s) surprised the highly favorite Trout halfway in Round 3. He tagged Trout with hard counter right hand that almost sent Trout out of the ring. Trout got up; although not severely hurt, but it’s obvious he felt the shot. Trout tried to come back and mount his attack in the last ten seconds of Round 3. But Dawson caught Trout again with a counter right hand that sent Trout down again. Dawson right hand did tremendous success in Round 3. He throws it down the middle as a counter to Trout’s lefty stance.
In Round 7, Trout (accidentally) stepped on Dawson’s left lead foot. Dawson was limping going back to his corner. In Round 8, it is obvious that Dawson hurt his left foot as he is not able to move the way he moved in the earlier rounds. Trout sensing the adversity of his opponent stepped up his offense and threw hard shots that sent down Dawson.
To Dawson’s credit, he was there not just to fight. He came to win. Obviously hurt from the knockdown and with hurting left foot, Dawson got up and continued to fight.
But Trout never look back and became more aggressive in the remaining rounds. He’s looking for a knockout and had Dawson in trouble several times. But the underdog fought with his heart out and refused to go down for good.
With the win, Trout is looking to get back to big fights and hopefully fights again before the year ends.