Local duo Borg and Trout land fight separately »Albuquerque Journal
Nine days and about 90 miles apart, New Mexicans Austin Trout and Ray Borg are due to fight next month in the Middle East.
Borg d’Albuquerque, a former UFC MMA fighter, and Las Cruces’ Trout, a former world champion boxer, have confirmed reports online that fights are planned in the United Arab Emirates.
Trout (33-5-1, 18 KOs) is set to face Mexican Alejandro Davila (22-2-2, nine KOs) in the one-card main event at the Atlantis The Palm hotel in Dubai on June 10.
The card is staged by Karim Akkar, a German promoter / manager / agent.
On June 19 in Abu Dhabi, Borg (13-5) is set to face Canadian Jesse Arnett (18-6) on a map promoted by UAE Warriors, which has been in business since 2012 and has hosted 18 previous events.
Neither Trout, 35, nor Borg, 27, have seen much action lately – but for somewhat different reasons.
Borg was undefeated (6-0) when he signed with the UFC in 2014 at the age of 20. He rose to the UFC flyweight ranks for a title against then-champion Demetrious Johnson, losing by submission in the fifth round (arm bar) in October 2017.
Borg has struggled to gain weight several times since. Meanwhile, the health of his 3-year-old son, Anthony, who was born with a condition called hydrocephalus, prompted Borg to withdraw from at least one scheduled fight.
The UFC released Borg last August, after he pulled out of a scheduled fight with Nate Maness.
Since then, Borg has posted on social media, he has been striving to stay in shape all the time.
“I competed and beat some of the higher level fighters while only training hard during the fight camp,” he recently posted on Instagram. “Now that I take my career more seriously than ever, it’s going to be crazy to see what I train hard all year.
Trout, the 2004 national amateur and Olympic substitute champion, defeated Rigoberto Alvarez – the older brother of current world champion Canelo Alvarez – for the WBA junior middleweight title in February 2011. Trout defended the belt four times before losing her to Canelo Alvarez in April 2013.
Since then, Trout has fought and lost four times in fights for world or interim titles. Eventually, his contract with Premier Boxing Champions stopped producing fights. Working mostly alone, Trout won fights at the Mountain Gods Inn in Mescalero and Chihuahua, Mexico, before taking the fight against Davila in Dubai.
FOLLOWING FOR MEANS: Moriarty MMA welterweight Tim Means (31-12-1) has an opponent for his June 19 fight on a UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas, Nevada: Englishman Danny Roberts (17-5).
The two have an opponent in common. Roberts lost to Mike Perry by TKO in the third round in October 2016; Means beat Perry by unanimous decision in November 2020.