As the champagne was being popped open on New Years Eve to ring in the new year, WBA light middleweight champion Austin Trout was given some indication that he would have even more reason to celebrate with reports that a May 4 showdown with WBC beltholder Canelo Alvarez is looming. This was further reinforced by a listing on BoxRec that reflected Alvarez-Trout on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr. – Robert Guerrero on the same date at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Such listing has subsequently been removed from the BoxRec website, making Trout the latest fighter to be subjected to such unofficial tempation.
The May 4 buzz initially started before Christmas when Guerrero was listed in BoxRec as the opponent for Mayweather. The reaction was so intense that Guerrero went to Twitter to inform his fans that a deal had not been reached to fight Mayweather but that he was hopeful to get an opportunity to shock the world.
The listing also indicated that Alvarez would be on the May 4 card against an opponent to be announced, building the anticipation for a major pay-per-view event.
Last week it was reported that Mayweather wanted WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner to appear on the May 4 card against an opponent to be determined. A related listing appeared on BoxRec in addition to Broner's scheduled February 16 fight against Gavin Rees.
The most recent May 4 BoxRec listings for the MGM Grand identified Trout as the next opponent for Alvarez with middleweight prospect J'Leon Love on the undercard instead of Broner. The individual fighter record in BoxRec currently shows that Love has a February 23 fight scheduled in Detroit (opponent TBA).
All of these May 4 listings have since been removed entirely from BoxRec, with Trout expressing the general sentiment likely shared by the majority of fans.
Come on BoxRec don't play with my emotions like that!!!!— Austin Trout (@NoDoubtTrout) January 2, 2013
An Alvarez-Trout fight appears less promising based on the latest tweet by Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer tells SI that @nodoubttrout is "being considered" for Canelo but "at this point, don't think it will happen"— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) January 2, 2013
The BoxRec website is updated by volunteer editors from many countries around the world. Each editor is assigned a country or region and they maintain the records for boxers in their respective geographic assignments. Given the number of people who play a role in maintaining the BoxRec data, the records aren't always accurate. This is particularly true of future fights that have not yet been formally announced as official. The footnote within the site itself states " This data may be incomplete or inaccurate."
While not a reliable source for future information, this activity over the last few weeks leads one to wonder if these listings are intentionally being released to raise expectations and build interest so fans are put into a mindset to spend the $59.95 pay-per-view charge. If so, this plan could backfire if those who do in fact win the "'May 4 Sweepstakes" pale in comparison to those by whom we have been tempted thus far.
Tags: Adrien Broner, Austin Trout, Boxing, Canelo Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather, Robert Guerrero