GL: How has everything gone in preparation? What can we expect to see from you versus IBF junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd on October 14? Preparation has been great, I'm ahead of schedule. I'm not even on schedule, I'm ahead of it and this fight is going to be a perfect opportunity for me to showcase everything that we've been working on. You could definitely expect a great fight. Hurd comes and he brings it. He's always in an exciting fight and I always bring it as well, so you have two exciting fighters and that's going to create double the excitement.
GL: Why have you been out of the ring for so long?
Austin Trout: "That's a good question. Honestly, I couldn't even tell you. There was a drought so to speak with PBC and I was one of the fighters that got caught in it. As far as why, you're guess is as good as mine. I didn't have any issues with management or anything like that, I just don't know."
GL: Was making Hurd your first fight in seventeen months by design or would you have liked to have gotten a tune up first?
AT: "Honestly I did want a tune up, but once they gave me the option I knew that if I took the tune up I was never going to get back to an opportunity like this one."
GL: What are your thoughts on Hurd as a fighter?
AT: "He's a good fighter and he's a undefeated champion for a reason. With that being said we're taking this with the utmost seriousness. He's a big strong junior middleweight and I don't know how these guys are making junior middleweight being six feet tall and what not, but I've been here before."
GL: In his fight with Harrison he was getting outboxed, but Harrison doesn't have the greatest punch resistance and that's what ended up winning him the fight. Since Harrison was able to outbox him and you've got a better chin than he does, can we expect to see you apply a similar strategy?
AT: "I could take a shot and I could outbox him, but at the same time I'm going to fight his ass. I don't get the luxury or winning close fights. Every close fight I've been in, whether I thought I won or not, they didn't give it to me. We're going to fight his ass so the judges and the fans know who really won this fight."
GL: What weaknesses do you see in Hurd that you feel you can exploit?
AT: "I think he doesn't have the greatest footwork, as far as the other weaknesses, I'm going to keep that to myself because I don't want him working on nothing."
GL: The last time you fought at the Barclay Center it wasn't a good night for you with Lara. Does getting that taste out of your mouth in the same building mean something to you?
AT: "It does. I want to make new memories for the Barclay's because the one I have isn't so good. I'm looking forward to going to Brooklyn where my grandmother, mother and pretty much all of my family was born and raised."
GL: It's been five years since you've been world champion, what would becoming champion again mean to you?
AT: "It means everything. My goal before I turned pro was to be an undefeated and undisputed world champion. I'm not undefeated anymore, but I'm still working to become the undisputed champion and that goal is still within arms reach."
GL: What kind of things have you been doing to keep yourself sharp with all this time off?
AT: "I stayed in the gym, that was first and foremost. Staying in the gym has helped me not to blow up in weight, I'm happy that I did it. Don't get me wrong it wasn't just because I wanted to stay ready, a lot of it was vanity, I didn't want to get fat and I wanted to keep my beach body intact."
GL: Is this do or die for your career in terms of being recognized as a top level fighter?
AT: "Yes, but honestly I look at every fight as a do or die because I don't think the powers that be want me in there, but especially this fight is a do or die for me and especially coming off that layoff."
GL: Do you feel that the odds are stacked against you since Hurd has fought three times since your last fight?
AT: "I feel like the odds are always stacked against me. That's kind of why I have the moniker No Doubt, because I know I have to leave no doubt in order to get the win. But this isn't the first time where the odds are stacked against me. It's been my whole career."
GL: Do you consider yourself the best fighter Hurd's ever been in there with?
AT: "Absolutely. He's never been in there with anybody like me. He's never fought anybody with the skill or experience that I have."
GL: Other than victory do you have a prediction?
AT: "It's got to be not just a win, it's got to be a great win. I don't want the judges to steal it from under me so I'm looking for a late knockout. He's never been past round ten so we'll see how he swims in the deep water."
GL: Closing thoughts?
AT: "I appreciate my fans because my fans are true fans, I've been my fanbase organically. I've never had a machine pushing me, I've never really had anybody promoting me like that. I feel like that people who rock with me rock with me because they love me. I look forward to them going to work that Monday telling everybody that Austin Trout is now a two time world champion. Tell them all you told them from jump."