Physically, this one could be tough for Trout, who will be giving up notable height and reach against Hurd. But he’s got the experience Hurd doesn’t have, too, and that could be the biggest factor of all.
Trout’s a tricky fighter, smart and crafty, intelligent, savvy, all those words and more. He’s never been an exciting fighter and probably never will be. You’re not going to get Fight of the Year candidates out of him. But he can be a tough stylistic matchup for just about anyone.
Hurd vs Trout Fight Live
It seems like forever ago that Trout ruined the first serious attempt at making Canelo vs Cotto happen, when he upset Cotto at Madison Square Garden on December 1, 2012, with a helpless Canelo Alvarez and Oscar De La Hoya watching money burn in front of them while Cotto struggled to get much of anything significant going against the southpaw.
Trout didn’t just win that fight, he won it clearly, on Cotto’s turf at MSG, where Miguel had never lost a fight, against a bigger star who was worth a lot more money. That’s not easy to do in boxing, for various reasons. But he did it.
Instead, Trout got Canelo, and lost to him at the Alamodome in April 2013. He followed that fight, which was competitive, with a stylistic nightmare against fellow savvy lefty Erislandy Lara, who dominated the fight in Brooklyn.
But Trout got back at it, winning four straight fights in 2014-15, albeit against lesser opposition, before a May 2016 defeat against Jermall Charlo in a fight that was plenty close, which I actually had a draw.
Trout isn’t as good as he was five years ago, but he’s still a good fighter, and could be major trouble for someone who has never really been at the top level of the sport before. He’s not old, he’s not washed, and he gave a bigger, harder punching guy plenty of trouble in his last outing. It’s a similar matchup here.