With the win, Canelo also obtained the prestigious RING Magazine Super Welterweight title, making him 'The Man' in the 154 lb division.
For what many thought was a very close contest, two of the three the judges at ringside - perhaps in disappointing fashion - scored the fight 116-111 and 118-109.
The third judge scored it a more palatable 115-112.
While some blame the judges themselves others point their finger at the Texas State Commission as controversies about scoring, drug testing policies and other pre and post fight procedures have been attached to the organization over the past several years.
In addition, critics claim its rulings tend to always favor the hometown fighter, whether a Texan or a boxer from neighboring Mexico.
Also, many were displeased with the WBC's "open scoring" system, insisting it took away from the drama of the event. Open scoring allowed for the sharing of official scorecards after rounds four and eight.
Although their scores were close after the fourth, it became apparent, when the scores were tallied and showcased after Round 8, Trout had to do something dramatic to win even though many believed the fight was even or that Trout was slightly ahead at that point.
After 8 rounds, the judges had Canelo up 80-71, 78-73 and 76-75.
In the end, most fans and members of the media felt Canelo deserved the win or scored it a draw. Yet, the margin of victory created a lot of controversy.
Fact: Had Austin Trout, instead of Canelo Alvarez, scored a knockdown en route to dominating Round 7, he would have still lost on two of the three judges' cards.
Perhaps the stats for Alvarez vs Trout give some insight into why many reject two of the three judges' scores (116-111 and 118-109)?
Alvarez vs Trout Stats
According to CompuBox Stats:
- Overall Punches: Trout out-landed Canelo 154 to 124 and was more active, throwing 769 shots to Canelo's 431; Canelo was far more accurate than Trout, landing 29% to only 20% for Trout.
- Powershots (Non-Jabs): The two men were virtually equal in powershots (non-jabs) with Canelo landing 96 and Trout 95. And again, Canelo was more efficient, landing an impressive 43% of his power punches to Trout's 27%.
- Jabs: Trout doubled Canelo in jabs thrown and landed; Austin unleashed 416 jabs to Canelo's 207, out-landing his Mexican foe 59-28. Both fighters landed at 14%
Although Trout was more active, landed more and was relatively equal with Canelo in the powershots category, supporters of the verdict will insist Canelo deserved a 10-8 for his knockdown and ensuing dominance in Round 7.
Moreover, they will argue Alvarez's powershots were harder and more eye-catching than Trout's. And in their defense, overall punches landed is just one element, albeit the most important one, in the scoring process for professional boxing.
Knockdowns, aggression, ring generalship, crisp and clean punching, defense and the overall impact of punches landed are additional particulars judges take into account.
Alvarez vs Trout Facts
- Records entering the bout: Saul Alvarez 41-0-1 (30 KOs) vs. Austin Trout 26-0 (14 KOs)
- Canelo Alvarez entered as the No. 2 junior middleweight contender in the world according to The Ring Magazine.
- Austin Trout, a 1.8-to-1 betting underdog, was ranked as the No. 3 junior middleweight contender by the same publication.
- At the time of the fight, Floyd Mayweather Jr., although he's fighting next month at Welterweight, was ranked the No. 1 contender at both junior middleweight and welterweight.
- Pre-Fight Weights: Alvarez 172 lbs, Trout 171 lbs (Weight limit for Friday weigh-in: 154lbs)
- Alvarez held a rematch clause in the contract if wanted. Trout did not have a rematch clause.
- A moment of silence was held prior to the fight for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15th and the victims of the fertilizer plant explosion on April 17th in West, Texas.
- Among those in attendance were Oscar De La Hoya, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Alfredo Angulo, Ishe Smith, Paul Malignaggi, the NFL's Ray Lewis, and the NBA's Tony Parker, Dwight Howard, and Metta World Peace.
- The bout utilized a semi-open scoring system in which each corner was given the scores after the fourth and eighth rounds.
- ESPN's Dan Rafael scored the bout 114-113 in favor of Alvarez. Al Bernstein scored it a 114-114 draw.
- A straight-right hand preceded by a jab buckled the legs of Trout and sent him down for the first time in his career in the early seconds of the seventh round.
- The gate for the Alvarez vs Trout fight was already $800,000 a little over a month prior to the bout.
- Originally 33,000 tickets were sold for the April 20th Austin Trout vs Saul Alvarez fight at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The tickets sold fast so Golden Boy Promotions made an additional 3,000 tickets available.
- 39,247 were in attendance