Boxing superstar Austin "No Doubt" Trout is the newest member of Team Fight to Walk.
Created in 2011 by boxer and West Point graduate Captain Boyd "Rainmaker" Melson and Christan Zaccagnino, Team Fight to Walk's goal is to raise awareness within the boxing community as well as the entire nation about the importance of bringing Clinical Trials to the United States to help cure Spinal Cord Injuries. Currently, there are 1.3 million Americans, including more than 40,000 veterans, suffering from spinal cord injuries that can not receive the necessary procedures domestically.
The reigning WBA Junior Middleweight titlist, Trout has an outstanding 26-0 professional record with 14 wins by knockout. On December 1, 2012, the New Mexico native made a major splash in the boxing world when he soundly outpointed future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden. Since winning the world championship in 2011, Trout's left no doubt about his place as an elite fighter, winning all five of his title bouts by a wide margin.
On April 20, Trout will be in one of the biggest fights of 2013 when he battles WBC champion and international sensation Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in a title unification on Showtime. Tickets for Trout-Alvarez, a fight few thought the latter would take, are almost sold out.
Prior to turning pro in 2005, Trout was one of the top amateur boxers in America. He narrowly missed making the 2004 US Olympic Team, dropping a decision to well regarded Vanes Martirosyan. Prior to facing Martirosyan at the Olympic Trials, Trout won a decision against a tough fighter from the Army; his name was Boyd Melson.
Though the two had a friendly relationship, they lost touch until a mutual party reconnected them and notified Trout about Team Fight to Walk. Trout, who remembered meeting Zaccagnino and her importance in Boyd's life, immediately offered to join.
"Team Fight to Walk is very important to me," said Trout. "The statistics about number of everyday people and US troops impacted by Spinal Cord Injuries are scary. For this organization to be on the forefront (of helping find a cure) is amazing. Team Fight to Walk is a great thing and I'm happy to help anyway I can. So many troops are suffering from spinal cord injuries. I will do all that I can to spread the word and help the cause."
"Austin is a world champion in and out the ring," said Melson. "There are so many people that forget about others once they make it big. Austin is still a humble person and a class act who remembers all about the match we had and the cause I fight for. I'm overjoyed that he's officially a part of this. It's going to be huge!"
Trout will support Team Fight to Walk by wearing a patch on his trunks for his April 20 bout against Alvarez.
For more information, please visit Teamfighttowalk.com.