On Saturday, August 9th, at the Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California, current Texas State Welterweight Champion Benjamin “Da Blaxican” Whitaker (7-1, 2 KOs) suffered his first loss as a professional at the hands of former Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauskas (7-0, 6 KOs) by way of a fifth round stoppage.
Not only did the brave San Antonio resident sacrifice his perfect resume during the valiant and hard fought effort, but the thirty year old fighter also sustained a cut from an accidental clash of heads during the opening stanza of the scheduled six round contest that will force him to sit out of TMB Entertainment’s debut effort at Wolff Stadium on August 30th.
While most fighters and boxing observers would view the failed effort as an unfruitful one, former WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout insists that the talented Alamo City boxer has the ability to turn a seemingly negative experience into an overwhelming positive for his career.
“Going through your first loss as a professional is a very humbling experience,” claims the world class prizefighter. “But it’s only debilitating if you allow it to be.”
After losing two consecutive bouts to Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara in 2013, the skilled southpaw is slated to make his long awaited return to the squared circle on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”, against twelve year fight veteran Daniel Dawson on August 22nd.
“I could have given up and listened to all of my critics after dropping two straight bouts to two of the best fighters in the Junior Middleweight division, but I decided to turn both fights into a positive learning experience,” states Austin Trout. “I immediately got back in the gym and started working on becoming a more complete fighter.”
“Everyone will see the results of my hard work and determination on August 22nd. Benjamin has the talent and ability to do the same thing if he chooses.”
“Every great fighter throughout the history of boxing has been down. But real champions don’t stay down. They learn from their mistakes and come back stronger. Just like me, Benjamin Whitaker has a lot of great people in his corner who believe in him. But none of that does any good unless he believes in himself.”
“I believe in myself and understand that all things are possible through faith, hard work, and determination. If Benjamin is the type of fighter that his trainer, Rick Morones Jr., claims he is, then he will learn from this experience and come back a better fighter.”
After his FNF performance next weekend, Austin “No Doubt” Trout will be in attendance at “Battle at the Ballpark” on Saturday, August 30th to support all of the young, aspiring talent competing on the TMB Entertainment fight card in San Antonio, Texas.
The former world titlist expects to see the current Texas State Welterweight Champion in attendance as well.
“I know how difficult this sport can be and it’s definitely not for everyone,” admits the 28 year old prizefighter. “Any fighter who has the courage to step into the ring and compete deserves a lot of recognition and encouragement. That’s what the sport of boxing is all about. Showing our support for each other.”