Austin Trout has aspirations to become a ringside analyst once his fighting days are over. Judging by the way things are going for him in the ring right now, that second career will have to wait for quite some time.
The last time Austin Trout faced a fellow southpaw, it was Erislandy Lara, the Cuban technician who made for a long, frustrating night for the New Mexico native.
Last time out, Austin Trout caught Luis Galarza with a right in the seventh round. It was a stiff shot with some mustard on it, and it sent Galarza bouncing from one side of the ropes to another. It looked like he got clobbered by the Hulk the way he turned into a human pinball.
It can’t all be the grind. While normally, Austin Trout is busy trying to climb to the top of the 154-pound division, the fighter found himself front and center of the action August 2 when he served as the ringside analyst for the Bounce TV broadcast of the Juan Carlos Payano-Rau’shee Warren brawl in Winter Park, Florida.
Austin Trout calls himself “one of the coolest nerds you ever met.” Fair enough. Nic Cage is a huge Superman freak, but we’ve seen his movies. “Cool” doesn’t apply to “The Wicker Man.” Stephen Colbert is obsessed with “Lord of the Rings,” but he’s not exactly James Dean. Robert Downey Jr. might be plenty cool, but at the end of the day, who’s going to argue with the guy who decks people for a living?
Barry Hunter’s HeadBangers Gym in Washington, D.C., is a bit of a hike from Austin Trout’s Las Cruces, New Mexico, home. Nothing unusual there, really. Plenty of fighters train far away from home.