By Rick Wright
Journal Staff Writer
Regarding Las Cruces boxer Austin Trout’s next fight, we have the who.
The when and where remain a bit foggy.
Saturday, the promotional firm of Australian junior middleweight Daniel Dawson confirmed that Dawson has signed to fight Trout this summer.
On its Facebook page, CDL Promotions said Dawson and Trout would meet in a WBA title elimination bout in the United States sometime in August. Dawson told an Australian newspaper that the fight probably would be held at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and would be televised by Showtime.
.Friday, Louie Burke, Trout’s trainer, told Albuquerque’s Southwest Fight news that the Trout-Dawson fight had been made for July 19 — location to be determined.
Dawson, 36, has an impressive record (40-3-1, 26 knockouts) that contains at least one major red flag. In 2010, he lost by unanimous decision to fellow Aussie Frank LoPorto.
The following year in El Paso, an overmatched LoPorto lost to Trout by sixth-round TKO.
Trout (26-2, 14 KOs), a former WBA junior middleweight champion, is seeking to re-establish himself as a major contender after back-to-back losses by decision to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara.
WEIGHTY MATTERS: Albuquerque’s Josh Torres, who defeated Mexico’s Francisco Lira by second-round TKO Friday night in the main event of a Teresa Tapia-promoted card at Hotel Cascada, told the crowd afterward he plans to campaign at 140 pounds from now on.
Torres, who has fought at 147 pounds for years, agreed to a contracted weight of 142 for the Lira fight. The Albuquerquean weighed in Thursday at 140.
In the ring Friday, Torres (13-2-1, six KOs) dropped Lira in the first round and again in the second before the Lira’s corner asked the referee to stop the fight.
“From here on out, we’re gonna try to stay at 140 and use our power there,” Torres said.
How valid a test of Torres’ power that Lira (4-4, two KOs) presented remains to be seen. All four of his losses have come by knockout.
THE CARD: One must hope that New Mexico boxing fans have seen the last of Jeremiah Torres and D.J. Morrison, who left the ring at Hotel Cascada with a combined record of 11-47.
Morrison (3-22), from Denver, was dropped twice en route to loss by lopsided decision (40-34, three times) to Moriarty’s Brenda Gonzales (3-1) in a junior lightweight bout.
Torres (8-25) took a six-round shellacking from Rio Rancho’s Shawn Gallegos (19-4, five KOs).
Credit Morrison and Torres with honest efforts. But unless they’re put in the ring against fighters will skill levels similar to their own — and who wants to see that? — it’s time, for their own good as well as that of the paying customers, to say goodbye.
In terms of competitive fights, Friday’s pro card went 1-for-5. Only the first fight, a super middleweight bout between El Paso’s Tim Meek and Albuquerque’s Frankie Quintana, met that standard.
Quintana, outboxed by Meek through three rounds, never stopped coming forward. His constant pressure paid off with a big right hand that dropped Meek in the fourth round and ended the fight.
Quintana, the winner by TKO, is 1-0. Meek is 2-1.