He was born in Texas and lives in Texas, but Austin Trout will always belong in Las Cruces.
Trout, the former WBA junior middleweight champion, defeated Romanian Florin Cardos by majority decision in eight rounds Friday in Wuppertal, Germany.
One judge scored the 154-pound bout 79-73 for Trout, but another scored a draw at 76-76. The third judge’s card was announced as 78-76 for Trout, apparently with two rounds even scored – something that is rarely done.
The Journal scored it 78-74 for Trout, viewing the Fite.TV stream of the fight.
Trout improved his record to 35-5-1 with 18 knockouts. Cardos is 21-4 (nine knockouts).
In the ring afterwards, Trout expressed some displeasure with the judging and was mildly critical of his own performance.
“It seemed like the devil had his hands on some of the judges, but not all of them,” Trout said. “…It’s been almost a year since I last fought, and the ring is rusting, I felt it.
“I’m happy to come out and get the win. It was not my best performance. Didn’t feel as sharp as I should have, but it was sharp enough.
Born in El Paso, Trout lived in Las Cruces for most of his 36 years, graduated from Mayfield High School and attended New Mexico State. He now lives and trains in Houston.
Last year Trout – eight years after losing his WBA title – signed with German promoter Karim Akkar. Friday’s bout was Trout’s second under Akkar’s Legacy Sports Management banner.
In Friday’s bout, featuring two southpaws with similar styles, Trout used his right jab and ring experience to good effect. Other than a hard left hand late in the first round, Cardos struggled to land telltale shots.
There were no knockdowns and neither fighter ever appeared to be injured.
Trout said the pursuit of another world title remains his goal.
“Don’t let this performance fool you,” he said. “A busy trout is a dangerous trout, and if I fight in the next two months, you’ll see a different person.”
MMA: Michelle Waterson of Albuquerque (18-9) successfully weighed in at the 115-pound strawweight limit for her fight on a UFC card Saturday against Brazilian Amanda Lemos in Elmont, New York.
Lemos (11-2-1) created drama when she needed an extended period of time to weigh herself. When she finally did, she stripped – concealed by a towel – before tipping the scales at 116 pounds, the extra pound allowed for a non-title fight.
AMATEUR BOXING: No, Joscelyn Olayo-Muñoz did not shoot Austin Trout.
She still lives in Las Cruces.
On Friday in Wichita, Kansas, Olayo-Muñoz defeated Bella Gallegos of Las Vegas, Nevada, by unanimous decision in a 101-pound junior division semifinal bout at the USA Boxing Junior Olympics and Summer Boxing Festival.
Olayo-Muñoz, 14, will face Houston’s Alania Artiga on Saturday for the title. The fight will be streamed on teamusa.org in a session slated to begin at 11 a.m. MDT.
In documents on the USA Boxing website, Olayo-Muñoz was listed this week as a native of Cedar Hill, Texas. Her stepfather and trainer, Danny Melendrez, posted on Facebook that the listing was a mistake.
“They got the wrong hometown, it’s ok, we know where she’s from,” Melendrez wrote.
Olayo-Muñoz has won state, regional and national titles since he was 9 years old and weighed 55 pounds.
In beating Gallegos on Friday, Olayo-Muñoz, striking with speed and precision, kept Gallegos on the defensive for most of the three rounds. All three judges score all three rounds for the Las Cruces boxer.