Travis Simms vs. Austin Trout

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  1. Ra's Al-Ghul

    Ra's Al-Ghul The One and Only Full Member

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    How would have this gone between these former WBA Light-Middleweight world champions of two successive decades? Both boxed I think mainly ffrom the outside; Simms has probably the bigger power, Trout might have had slightly the better basic skills.
     
  2. The Funny Man 7

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    Simms was absolutely on fire when he returned from a hiatus from a legal battle with the WBA and beat Jose Antonio Rivera. He also smoked Alejandro Garcia. When he was in the zone he was an elusive southpaw with excellent combinations who could light up taller opponents, and opponents with longer reach. He also had power and mixed in body punches nicely.

    But once he lost his title to Alcine in a close fight his career was basically over. I think he was frustrated with the boxing business. I don't blame him. He spent years trying force the WBA to honor his status as mandatory challenger. Evidently he's a successful politician in New England now.

    As for Trout: imho the evidence shows that he caught Cotto when Cotto was having a major off night. Canelo, Lara, Hurd, and Charlo all put him in his place. The most memorable thing about him other than the Cotto win was his hilariously attention-seeking wife. No disrepect to Missus Trout, but it cracked me up watching her try to shoe-horn herself into every camera frame.
     
  3. Ra's Al-Ghul

    Ra's Al-Ghul The One and Only Full Member

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    Garcia had when a 100% knockout-rate and Rivera was two-division champion. He was also injured against Alcine.

    But I don't think Cotto had a off-night then (that he had rather vs. Ali and Corley), but Trout was just better, particular in the basics, just as his style didn't suit him and he is a lot taller.
    He also won against Avedano, the WBA regular champion (defeated Ishida, who stopped after it Kirkland in the first round, had a close bout with Mundine) and actual did he win against Alvarez (there was he also disavantaged by the open scoring) and one of the Charlos possible at least. So he is easily too 10 of the decade in Light-Middleweight, similar as Martiriosyan and in front of Cotto.
     


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