Boxing Canelo vs. Trout fight preview: Is Canelo Alvarez really boxing's next superstar?

Canelo Alvarez celebrates his 2012 win over Shane Mosley - Ethan Miller

Canelo Alvarez and Austin Trout are ready to square off live on Showtime Saturday night. Many are already calling Canelo the future of boxing, but is he being overhyped? Bloody Elbow breaks it down in this Canelo vs. Trout fight preview. Join us Saturday night for Canelo vs. Trout results and full fight coverage here at Bloody Elbow.

Saturday April 20, Bloody Elbow presents live fight coverage of Showtime Boxing with Canelo Alvarez vs. Austin Trout in a Super Welterweight World Title Unification fight. Showtime Boxing Canelo vs. Trout airs this Saturday, April 20 with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT. Bloody Elbow will have live fight night coverage, including results and discussion.

With all due respect to Austin Trout, it's Saul Canelo Alvarez who is the star of this particular show. The 22 year old is already wildly popular, with a devoted Mexican fan base. He's been talked about as a future opponent for Floyd Mayweather (and, by some, as perhaps the man to finally topple Money). He's been called the future of boxing. He's widely considered the next boxing megastar. All he has to do to get there is defeat Austin Trout.

And that's where the trouble comes in.

More Canelo vs. Trout coverage:
Bloody Elbow | Bad Left Hook | MMA Mania | SB Nation

Looking at odds, Canelo is the favorite over Trout, as you would expect. But he's not much of a favorite. Sites have Canelo at roughly -175, Trout at +145. As that line indicates, this is a very close fight, and anyone telling you Canelo is clearly going to run away with it is perhaps not looking clearly at the match-up.

There's no denying that Canelo brings a lot to the table. But as he draws closer to Trout, people are beginning to look more closely at his record. And what they see is the most high-profile win coming against a totally over the hill Shane Mosley and a number of undersized and/or overmatched opponents. In short, a roster of good, but not great fighters. Trout right now is a step above anyone Canelo has yet faced - his win over Miguel Cotto alone makes him a serious challenger. When you add in Trout's size and power, he becomes an even greater threat.

So far, Canelo Alvarez has looked dominant pretty much every time he has stepped into a boxing ring. He's looked like a phenom - the kind of fighter that can easily earn the "future of boxing" moniker. The one thing he hasn't done is beat an Austin Trout.

Does Canelo have a bright future at the highest levels of boxing? Yes, he almost certainly does. Does that future begin this weekend at the expense of Trout? That's a much tougher question. For my money, I think not. Look for Trout to put the brakes on the Canelo hype train and steal his thunder just as he did against Cotto.

My Canelo vs. Trout prediction: Austin Trout via decision

Join us here at Bloody Elbow for Canelo vs. Trout results, discussion, and live fight coverage this Saturday, April 20.

CANELO VS. TROUT FIGHT CARD:

Canelo Alvarez (41-0; 30 KO) vs. Austin Trout (26-0; 14 KO)
Omar Figueroa (20-0-1; 16 KO) vs. Abner Cotto (16-0; 7 KO)


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