Austin Tout vs Luis Grajeda Preview Dec 11th
American junior middleweight Austin Trout will be back in the ring this Thursday, December 11 when he takes on Luis Grajeda of Mexico at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The 10-round bout can be seen live in the U.S. on ESPN 2 while Canadian fans can catch all of the action live on TSN. Trout will enter the ring with a record of 27-2 with 14 Kos while Grajeda is 18-3-2 and also has 14 Kos to his name. Trout needs to win this fight if he hopes to get another world title shot in the near future.
The 29-year-old Trout is a southpaw who has good, but not great power. He’s a fine boxer, but has hit a rough patch lately. His last outing was in August when he beat the 37-year-old Australian Daniel Dawson by unanimous decision. However, Trout found himself on the deck twice in round three before picking himself up and fighting back. Trout managed to drop Dawson in round eight, but it was still a less-than-impressive performance.
Before meeting Dawson, Trout was beaten by Saul Alvarez by unanimous decision in April of 2013 and then by unanimous decision eight months later by Erislandy Lara. Trout’s best performance to date was his unanimous decision win over Miguel Cotto in December of 2012 and he’s hoping to revert to the form he was in when he beat the tough Puerto Rican. Trout has good hand speed and is deceptively strong on the inside. He’s quite an accurate puncher who doesn’t waste many shots. Being a southpaw, he has a good right jab and will need to establish it early against Grajeda.
The 27-year-old Grajeda has pretty good power in his fists and that could be a problem for Trout and his questionable chin. The Mexican enters the fight with a 2-2-1 record in his last five fights. His last encounter took place in August when he lost a decision to Willie Nelson. Grajeda is often wild with his punches though as he goes hunting for knockouts. If he misses the mark against Trout he’ll be made to pay for it.
Grajeda would definitely like to slug things out with Trout rather than have to box him, but Trout will steer clear of that scenario as much as possible. Trout needs to stick to boxing and nail Grajeda when he comes within range and make sure he’s not standing still to take any shots in return. Grajeda’s best chance is to try and end it early by swarming Trout right from the opening bell and trying to catch him cold with a power shot. Trout is just over 5-feet-9-inches tall with a 72-inch reach while Grajeda is close to 6-feet with a 71-inch reach.
Grajeda is a tough guy with power, but he falls short when he steps up in class, which is what he’s doing here. His only hope really is to stop Trout and the longer the fight goes the chances of that happening become less likely. Trout just needs to use his superior boxing skills and hope that his chin holds up to Grajeda’s power shots. If he can stay upright then Trout should take a decision here.
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