Written By Bakari Simpson: It would appear that Austin “No Doubt” Trout (30-3, 17 KO’s) is mad, $40 million mad. Austin Trout made the personal beef a legal matter when he filed a complaint in the State Court of New Mexico. The case would later be transferred to San Juan at the request of the WBO.
Although we do live in a sue-happy society this is not another trite example of a petty money grab. At the center of the matter, Trout wants satisfaction for being inexplicably dropped from the WBO’s rankings. When the WBO dropped Austin from their rankings it directly caused him to lose a junior middleweight title fight.
The relevant sequence of events began back in 2014 just after Trout had lost to Erislandy Lara. In the aftermath of this setback Austin requested to be matriculated into the WBO’s rankings. The WBO told ‘No Doubt’ no problem.
In short time Austin was granted a #9 position in their junior middleweight rankings. Armed with this meaningful standing Trout would defeat his next four foes. Daniel Dawson, Luis Gradaja, Luis Galarza and Joey Hernandez all felt in just over a year. According to Trout, and his legal team, those victories should have elevated him to the #4 slot in the rankings.
At the point when Austin achieved this position, Saul Alvarez and Miguel Cotto were slated to go head-to-head. Canelo and Cotto, the #1 and #2 contenders, were fighting for the vacant WBC middleweight title. Due to this clash they were unavailable to battle Demetrius Andrade, who was the division champion at the time. The #3 ranked contender, Michael Soro, was rendered null-and-void because he was working through legal issues with his promoter. So, with 1,2 and 3 all being unavailable the awaiting title shot should have fallen to Austin Trout.
However, when just within arm’s length of his title shot the WBO suddenly dropped Austin from their rankings. Trout claims this action was unjustified. The President of the WBO is confident it was. WBO president Paco Valcarcel steadfastly maintains there is nothing out-of-order in this situation.
“When it appeared that out title would become vacant, Trout had signed on to face Joey Hernandez. And when (Trout) signed to fight Hernandez, he could not fight with Liam Smith. Both Trout and Smith were removed (from the rankings) but Trout never requested that he be restored, which is his right do so, and Smith [did request to be restored], and by our regulations we matched Smith against the next champion of the division, that was the champion of the NABO. Trout was simply committed to fighting with Joey Hernandez when the opportunity arose.” -WBO President Paco Valcarcel
The business of boxing is routinely hairier than a Rasta’s scalp and this scenario is no different.
Trout does appear to have a valid issue. Even if he was signed to fight, why did that result in him being completely dropped from the rankings altogether? Inquiring minds would like to know.
On the outside looking in, it’s hard to determine who is at fault. The back room dealings in boxing are more shrouded in mystery than Tommy’s employment on ‘Martin.’ Regardless of this difficulty for onlookers a verdict must be rendered. And what a verdict it will be!
Either the WBO will be vindicated, or Trout will become one rich man and potentially bankrupt the sanctioning body. Win, lose or draw this will turn out to be one major case.
We’ll definitely keep you posted on the latest developments as they arise.
To be continued…
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