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Sunday superbout live on SS2

In an age when boxers prefer to avoid their biggest rivals, this weekend’s junior-middleweight unification clash between Saul Alvarez and Austin Trout is a welcome exception.

The tournament will be broadcast live on SuperSport in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The combined record of both boxers is 68 fights without a single defeat and brings together two of the most exciting athletes in the sport. South African Stan Christodoulou will referee the match-up which takes place at the Alamodome in Texas.

Just 22, Alvarez (41-0-1) has already had six WBC light-middleweight title fights and is rated in the pound-for-pound top 10. Blessed with fast, heavy hands, he has been hailed in his native Mexico as the new Julio Cesar Chavez.

He has never come close to defeat, but he will have his hands full against “No Doubt” Trout (26-0), the WBA champion who brings a southpaw style and slick boxing to the contest.

It’s a welcome match-up, particularly in an era when the division’s best often do all they can to avoid each other. Indeed, some are comparing it in style and essence to the mega-fight of 20 years ago when Pernell Whitaker fought Julio Cesar Chavez.

“I’m ready,” Trout said. “All the heavy work is done. I’m right on target with my weight. The training camp has been good, and now we are just waiting for Saturday night.”

The biggest name on Trout’s record is Miguel Cotto, whom he easily outboxed last December.

He will need to produce the ultimate fight plan against Alvarez who has beaten a host of top fighters and former champions, chief among them Shane Mosley, Cotto and Kermit Cintron.

Said Alvarez: “Austin Trout’s undefeated. He’s a world champion, very difficult style, strong southpaw, but this also gave me the motivation to go on and fight one of the best and we consider him as one of the best out there.”

SuperSport 2 crosses to the Alamodome at 3.30am on Sunday.


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