When Austin Trout (26-0-0, 14 KOs) defeated Miguel Cotto on Dec. 1; many boxing fans expected Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) to avoid him at all costs.
I can't really blame them for coming to that conclusion either, considering the fact Canelo -- who was present ringside during the Cotto vs. Trout fight -- was nowhere to be seen after "No Doubt" pulled off the upset.
With a potential big-money fight against Floyd Mayweather around the corner, many simply assumed Alvarez would duck Trout.
However, Canelo recently indicated that Trout is one of the leading candidates he's considering for his next fight. According to BoxingScene.com's Miguel Rivera, Canelo and Trout will probably square up on May 4, on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather vs. yet to be determined opponent fight card.
Canelo certainly deserves a lot of credit for stepping up to the plate, as he'll be in for one of the toughest tests of his professional boxing career. Trout is the bigger and technically superior fighter, and he has a lot of momentum behind him right now.
"No Doubt" has all the tools needed to hand Alvarez his first professional loss, and he seems to enjoy playing the spoiler role.
Alvarez is also coming off a dominant performance, stopping Josesito Lopez during the fifth round of their Sept. 15 encounter. However, with only two fights in 2012, against a 41 year-old Shane Mosley and a relatively unknown Lopez, some boxing fans were starting to question Canelo's legitimacy.
One thing's for sure, critics can't question Canelo's heart, as the red-headed Mexican had safer options than going after Trout. For one, a fight against Cotto would still be a decent payday, even with the loss against Trout.
A Canelo vs. Trout fight should be a very even contest, and both men will be highly motivated to put on a show, considering the fact the winner would likely get a shot at Mayweather in Sept. 2013.