By Jay Kilby: Former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KO’s) feels that Cuban Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 1 KO’s) showed a lack of heart in his last performance in struggling to defeat a very beatable Alfredo Angulo by a 10th round TKO last June. Trout and Lara will be fighting next month on December 7th for the vacant WBA junior middleweight title at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Trout said this about Lara “I feel he lacks heart and will and we’re going to expose that. I’m going to make him look like the amateur he is.”
Lara said “Austin Trout is an okay fighter, but he is on his way out. In terms of heart, we will see in the ring.”
Lara was knocked down twice in his fight against Angulo last June, but he was able to get a stoppage in the 10th when he hit Angulo on his badly swollen up right eye that caused Angulo to turn around in pain. There’s a question of whether Lara may have accidentally thumbed Angulo in the eye, but whatever the case, he wasn’t going to be able to fight much longer anyway with his eye as badly swollen as it was. It was kind of surprising that the ringside doctor didn’t halt the fight going into that round because Angulo’s eye had swollen up to grotesque proportions.
Trout hasn’t fought since losing to former WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last April in Texas. Trout fought pretty well and gave Canelo all kinds of problems in a fight that arguably should have been scored a draw rather than a lopsided win. Who you felt won the fight came down to who you liked, but most neutral fans/writers felt that the fight was pretty much a draw if anything more than an actual win for Trout. He had the bad luck of fighting Canelo in Texas in front of a huge pro-Canelo crowd, and with open scoring.
Lara fought to a 9 round technical decision against Vanes Martirosyan last year in November in a fight that was stopped due to a clash of heads that opened up a cut over the left eye of Martirosyan in the 9th. In 2011, Lara was beaten by Paul Williams, and then before that he fought to a controversial 10 round draw against Carlos Molina. That was a fight that many boxing fans felt that Molina had done enough to win.