Trout Sues WBO & Promoter For $40 Million
While preparing to fight Jarrett Hurd for the IBF super welterweight title on October 14th, Austin Trout has filed a lawsuit against the WBO for allegedly removing him from their rankings without cause. Trout is seeking $40 million in restitution.
Trout filed also against Liam Smith’s promoter, Frank Warren in November 2015, alleging that Warren had “pressured” the WBO into favoring Smith over Trout.
Trout was at the time ranked fourth by the WBO, when champion Demetrius Andrade was stripped due to inactivity. number one ranked Canelo Alvarez, number two ranked Miguel Cotto, and number three ranked Michel Soro were all otherwise unable to schedule the fight, but the sanctioning body put together Liam Smith vs. John Thompson for the vacant strap while casting Trout from the rankings.
WBO president Paco Valcárcel spoke with El Vocero in his defense, in which he claims that Trout had signed on to fight Joey Hernández and was thus unable to fight Smith for the vacant title. Both Trout and Smith were removed from the rankings and Trout did not apply to be reinstated. Which according to some including Pat Stumberg of Bad Left Hook, really doesn’t explain why he wasn’t added back into the rankings.
Trout-Hernández was originally announced three days after Andrade was stripped and went down on September 8th, 2015. Smith vs. Thompson was announced three weeks after Trout-Hernández and went down on October 10th, 2015. Even if Trout’s PBC fight interfered with the WBO’s timeline, there doesn’t seem to have been any rational reason to remove him from the rankings.
Original Story: Bad Left Hook.