Austin Trout has “a different set of eyes” in his corner for the second consecutive fight as Barry Hunter replaces longtime trainer Louie Burke.
Austin Trout (28-2, 15 KOs), a 29-year-old southpaw, has been preparing with Hunter in Washington, D.C., for his 154-pound fight Saturday against Luis Galarza (20-3, 14 KOs) at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
Hunter, who also trains 140-pound titlist Lamont Peterson, stepped in for Burke before Trout’s last bout in December, when he gained a seventh-round stoppage over Luis Grajeda, who was knocked down in the fifth.
“The corner was flawless for my last fight. The chemistry was great. We all worked well together. Barry Hunter and I have a real good chemistry,” Trout said. “I still have Louie Burke in camp because he knows me and he knows exactly how to push me. But so does Barry. He’s just a different set of eyes.”
Before fighting Grajeda, Trout had to rise from the canvas in the third round against Daniel Dawson to win a 10-round unanimous decision in August. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara also floored Trout in his previous two fights, both of which he lost by unanimous decision.
Burke successfully guided Trout past Miguel Cotto in December 2012 in the biggest win of his career. Trout said his longtime trainer is OK with the recent adjustments.
“I explained to him that it was just a different look. He’s seen the progress and we’re doing great,” Trout said. “It shows that Louie really has my best interests in mind, because any other coach would have taken it personally."
Trout originally was scheduled to face former 168-pound champion Anthony Mundine on Saturday, but the 39-year-old Australian withdrew from the bout Monday because of a perforated eardrum.
Trout now will face Galarza, a 33-year-old Puerto Rican who fights out of Tennessee. Galarza has won three straight fights since losing to Kell Brook in December 2011, but he hasn’t competed in the ring since September 2013, when he won a six-round unanimous decision over Aaron Anderson in Biloxi, Mississippi.