Parade grand marshal announced

Parade grand marshal announced
Sun Bowl Association

POSTED: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 5:03pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 5:03pm

The Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union announced Thursday that former World Boxing Association Light Middleweight Boxing Champion, Austin Trout, as this year’s grand marshal for the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade.

“It is an honor for Austin Trout, a great professional boxer, to be our grand marshal for the 77th Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade,” said Karl Murphy, president and CEO of FirstLight Federal Credit Union. “He is a great example in the community and is a member of FirstLight Federal Credit Union. Trout is the former world junior middleweight champion who recently fought Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in one of 2013's biggest fights. He is regarded as one of boxing's bright young stars and future champions and is a part of our community.”

In addition to honoring Trout, parade officials have selected Mitchell Marcus and Jonathan Montañez as honorary grand marshals for this year’s parade. Marcus and Montañez, former students at Coronado High School and Franklin High School, respectively, have been recognized for their commendable sportsmanship moment during a rivalry basketball game earlier this year.

“Jonathan Montañez and Mitchell Marcus exemplify the spirit of our community,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “Their story being shared nationwide brought to light what a tight-knit community we are. Jonathan’s unselfish act and Mitchell’s relentless attitude is something we want to continue celebrating.”

Trout became a boxing success after winning his first professional fight at the age of 20. The southpaw became the WBA Light Middleweight Champion in 2011, defeating the defending champion Rigoberto Alvarez.

The Las Cruces native announced last week that he will be facing current WBA interim champion Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KO’s) on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Trout, now 28 years old, was able to maintain an undefeated record until April of 2013, dropping a decision to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, making his record 26-1 with 14 knockouts. The junior middleweight boxer was inducted into the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame this past summer.

"I am very excited to be a part of the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, which has been a regional tradition since 1936,” said Trout. “I continue to honor the tradition of the biggest event in the Southwest by serving the parade with pride."

Outside of the ring, Trout devotes his time speaking to elementary school children against bullying; he is also a supporter of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation geared towards childhood cancer research. Most recently, he has spent time making appearances for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and collecting school supplies for underprivileged children in the State of New Mexico.

The 77th Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is November 28 at 10 a.m. KTSM NewsChannel 9 is your home to watch the parade from the comfort of your own home.

If you want to watch the local tradition in person, review stand tickets for the parade can be purchased now at FirstLight Federal Credit Union branches, Circle K locations and the Sun Bowl Association office. For more information call (915) 533-4416.

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