Temecula- Former light middleweight champion Austin Trout (27-2,14KO’S) had to get off the floor twice to claim a unanimous decision victory over veteran from Australia Daniel Dawson (40-4-1,26KO’S). ESPN Friday Night Fights televised a ten round clash live from packed Pechanga Resort and Casino. All three judges scored the contest the same 97-90. It was a much needed victory, a first in last three outings for the former champion.” It was a good fight and I am happy to be in that good fight, “said Trout in a post fight interview:” Hopefully we can give fans more good fights.”
Austin Trout dominated the action from the onset moving effortlessly around the ring and unloading fluid combinations following a stiff jab from the southpaw stance. Trout was down in the second stanza, but referee Jack Reiss called a slip. It was not a slip in the third as accurately placed right cross by Daniel Dawson who could not miss with it, dropped Trout twice for a 10-7 round. “I was feeling too good,” admitted Trout after the fight:” He had to wake me up. I got woken up and the beast came out.”
Trout righted the ship in the fourth and regained control of the fight in rounds five and six. Still a right hand was always open for the Australian fighter which added drama to the action “I had to stop being too anxious,” commented Trout:”I was trying to get after him too much and got caught on the way in.”
Former champion from New Mexico intensified his attack in the 7th. Daniel Dawson walked away from the action. It looked like his ankle was messed up but when ref asked him about it he elected to continue. Dawson who needed help walking away from the ring after the fight later said that he tore his calf. Trout dropped less mobile Dawson with a beautiful combination in the 8th and continued his double fisted assault in the ninth where referee Jack Reiss started thinking about stopping the fight. Still Dawson remained dangerous and landed a right hand that stopped Trout in his tracks for a second. Both fighters came out swinging in the tenth and final stanza which Trout won convincingly.
“You never know with boxing fans,” said Trout who is hoping to be able to avenge both of his professional losses to Alvarez and Lara:” One minute they love you, next minute they hate you.”Fans loved him on Friday night.