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Austin Trout and Daniel Dawson Fight for Survival at Pechanga

BY David A. Avila ON August 19, 2014
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Whenever elite boxers like Austin “No Doubt” Trout and Daniel Dawson venture into Temecula, expect something magical.

Trout (26-2, 14 Kos), a former WBA junior middleweight titlist, meets Australia’s Dawson (40-3-1, 26 Kos) on Friday, Aug. 22, at Pechanga Resort and Casino. The Goossen-Tutor Promotion will also be televised on ESPN2.

Battles between elite boxers seldom occur at the Temecula casino, but when the stars are aligned in the boxing ring with talent like these two, anything can happen.

Remember when Sergio Martinez made his reappearance in the U.S. and fought Alex Bunema?

Martinez had fought one time on American shores when he met Antonio Margarito in 2000 and was promptly knocked out. The Argentine southpaw was brought back eight years later by Sampson Lewkowicz and Lou DiBella with a lot of fans and media expecting a Bunema victory, especially after the African had defeated four consecutive opponents, including Roman Karmazin and Walter Matthysse.

Martinez showed up against Bunema and easily out-boxed the favorite by stoppage and suddenly was the darling of the junior middleweight division and then the middleweight division. That was in 2008.

And what about Ricardo Mayorga’s upset victories over the late great Vernon Forrest? It started at the Pechanga casino with Forrest marching in the arena as a very heavy favorite over the unknown boxer from Nicaragua. Forrest’s long arms, speed and extraordinary defense proved too much for any conventional boxer. Even Shane Mosley could never figure out how to crack Forrest’s. But in 2003, Mayorga’s madcap attack style and devil-may-care defense confused and befuddled the welterweight world champion Forrest, who was knocked out in the third round by the Nicaraguan’s flailing windmill assault. They met again months later and a cocky Mayorga showed up at the weigh in with an entire pizza in his hand and still made weight. Again Mayorga defeated Forrest, but this time by decision.

Trout has lost back-to-back decisions and despite those losses, no one feels he’s lost a step. Dawson has more than 40 pro wins and arrives with an unknown factor. The Aussie definitely has no intentions of crossing the Pacific Ocean to add a loss to his resume.

“I know he’s coming in with a winning streak,” said Trout from his training camp in Houston.

If critics doubted Trout’s abilities after losing to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara, they regained interest after Miguel Cotto moved up a division and beat up Argentina’s Martinez to take the WBC middleweight crown.

“Cotto’s win proved I’m a force to be reckoned with,” said Trout, who is the last fighter to defeat Puerto Rico’s Cotto. “I want to fight the best.”

This fight has crossroads written all over it. The winner moves on, the loser goes home, maybe forever.

“I’ll be there.” Trout said.

  

Comment on this article

Carmine Cas says:

Hmmm Pechanga is only 30 minutes away, maybe I'll check this one out

oubobcat says:

I don't think Trout will have much issue here with Dawson. Dawson is one of those guys who can beat the club level opponents but has struggled to compete generally when he has stepped up in competition.

I remember well Dawson's fight against Serhiy Dzinziruk some years ago. Dzinziruk completely out classed Dawson from the opening bell and made Dawson look like a very pedestrian fighter. Since then, Dawson has not beaten anyone of note and even had a loss and draw against fighters not nearly in the class of Trout. I think Trout takes care of business here relatively easy and puts his name back out there at Junior Middleweight.

stormcentre says:

I don't think Trout will have much issue here with Dawson. Dawson is one of those guys who can beat the club level opponents but has struggled to compete generally when he has stepped up in competition.

I remember well Dawson's fight against Serhiy Dzinziruk some years ago. Dzinziruk completely out classed Dawson from the opening bell and made Dawson look like a very pedestrian fighter. Since then, Dawson has not beaten anyone of note and even had a loss and draw against fighters not nearly in the class of Trout. I think Trout takes care of business here relatively easy and puts his name back out there at Junior Middleweight.


That's a reasonable assessment of Dawson.

He is from Perth West Australia, pretty tough and durable, and he also has a kickboxing background.

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