Austin Trout is a former World Boxing Association super welterweight champion that is in search of a comeback. Trout is coming off three losses in his last four fights and has dropped to 16th in the rankings. Because of that decline in performance Trout has taken a year off to try and work on his game and clear his head. Trout will return to the ring on May 25 when he goes up against Terrell Gausha, who is considered to be something of a tune up opponent. If Trout shows well, he may be able to get back on track for a championship bout.
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On May 25, 2019 the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi will host a junior middleweight bout between Austin Trout (31-5, 17 knockouts) and Terrell Gausha (21-1, 10 knockouts). FS1 will televise this bout that is scheduled for 10 rounds.
When Austin Trout decided it was time to get back into fighting shape, he turned to former 154-pound world champion Rob Garcia for help. Although Trout was not shopping for a new trainer some unexpected turns came along the way.
“It’s funny how paths get crossed,” said Trout. “I was sold on Rob and was in contact with him, and he’s like ‘Listen, I’m a package deal. Me and Floyd together.”
Naturally, Floyd is Floyd Mayweather Sr., the 66-year-old father and trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Floyd Mayweather Sr will bring his championship expertise to the fold with Trout and Garcia in a troika that will hopefully jump start Trout’s championship aspirations. Garcia is well regarded for building the strength of his fighters. Training sessions have been taking place in Las Vegas. Perhaps Trout needed new voices and new approaches after those recent defeats and the long layoff that followed. Trout has been a pro for a total of 14 years which is seen as advantageous as far as his ability to prepare for Gausha. The one challenge that the trio has faced so far is that Mayweather has not trained a lot of left handers.
“I knew Floyd would be a great fit because he’s a great defensive coach,” Trout analyzed. “Although, honestly, he’s very much an offensive coach. He has a great defensive mind, he loves to talk about hit and not get hit, you know, the sweet science, but a great defense is a strong offense as well.
“The recovery takes a little longer than I’d like,” observed Trout. “But I feel good. I’m still beating up the young boys, I’m smarter and faster than the young boys; I don’t feel old at all at 33.”
While most trainers are searching for the next budding superstar, Mayweather and Garcia prefer an experienced old pro like Trout. “You already have a guy that has the experience, has been in with all the best, he’s at a perfect age where he’s not too young but not too old,” said Garcia.
Garcia said the plan is for Trout to show strong against Gausha and then get a shot against Terrance Crawford. Trout is not currently under a promoter and that could work to his advantage in regards to the ability to schedule future fights and get a shot at a title bout.
Trout is clearly motivated to get back to championship form. “I’ve taken losses to guys I feel like I’m better than, and that’s hard to swallow.”
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Trout’s new leadership tandem is a breath of fresh air and the type of idea that can lead to a comeback.
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With the boxing odds at BookMaker Sportsbook , you can bet on boxing all year, from smaller cards to pay-per-view events. Access live betting lines from your mobile device at BookMaker Sportsbook. Austin Trout vs. Terrell Gausha takes place on May 25 at Biloxi, Mississippi. The fight can be seen on FS1.