Lest anyone think he’d been dissuaded, violently, from fighting on, Austin Trout, the New Mexico based 154 pounder, wishes to dispel the notion.
“Tough loss to swallow,” the 32 year od hitter said of his Oct. 14 loss to Jarrett Hurd, in an entertaining to the fans rumble which unfolded at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and on Showtime, as part of their night of 154s.
“I’m still gonna fight, I’m definitely not done yet,” Trout stated.
Good; his effort pretty much drew raves from those present, who admired his ring generalship as he smart-boxed the young gun Hurd, who eventually ground him down and stopped him, his corner asking that he not come out for round 11.
Now 30-4, Hurd was the first man to end it early for Trout, a pro since 2005.
I did wonder, is there anything he could have or wishes he did differently against Hurd, now 21-0 (15 KOs) and holding the IBF 154 strap. “I could have had a fight in between the 17 months off,” Trout said. “And drank more water before the fight. I had to go to the hospital for severe dehydration.”
And would he like another crack at Hurd, a Maryland-based boxer? “Hell yeah! That man isn’t better than me!” But did Hurd impress Trout?
“His will did. That’s about it. Had I not faded I feel I could have stopped him.”
And did Hurd have about what Trout expected in there? “A bit more than I expected. I expected him to be drained by the sixth or seventh round.”
And Trout…did he have what he expected to have in Brooklyn? Or no, because of that layoff? “The dehydration and the layoff. Between the rust and the dehydration I was far from myself in the ring.”