Life looked rosy for WBA light middleweight champion Austin Trout heading into 2013. Hours before the clock struck midnight on Monday, reports were circulating that a fight with WBC beltholder Canelo Alvarez was looming. The sequence of events since that time has led to a somewhat different scenario.
It was reported last night by the El Paso Times that Trout (26-0, 14 KO's), from Las Cruces, New Mexico, was arrested on Tuesday at 4:30 am on suspicion of public intoxication after a fight broke out at the Taco Cabana restaurant where the fighter was dining. Trout denies that he was intoxicated and claims he was only trying to stop the altercation.
Trout, 27, was released two hours after he had been booked into the jail on Tuesday and posted a $105 bond. No charges were filed and there was no record of any pending case against him as of last night.
This situation has been classified as a misunderstanding and it may not have any bearing on the status of a potential fight with Alvarez. It may simply be a matter of coincidence that all of the Alvarez-Trout speculation, which made its way into BoxRec prior to the news of Trout's arrest being made public, was suddenly cooled off by the removal of the entire listing in the website. This was then followed by Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer informing Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix yesterday afternoon that Trout is "being considered" for Canelo but "at this point, don't think it will happen" without providing a reason as to why this was the case.
While the arrangements for a fight card of this magnitude are expected to go through various iterations before being finalized, it would not be outside the realm of possibility that the incident involving Trout may in some way play a role in the plans for Canelo. Golden Boy has not been particularly enthusiastic about putting the Mexican star in the ring against the tall and slick southpaw Trout, so this situation may be used an excuse for them to look elsewhere while continuing to protect their fighter.
It does not appear as if Trout will be charged with any crime in connection with his arrest. The real crime will be if he does not get the shot against Alvarez, one he has rightfully earned.
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