"No Doubt" Trout Beats Cotto at Madison Square Garden

"No Doubt" Trout Beats Cotto at Madison Square Garden
By Danny Serratelli, ringside for Doghouse Boxing (Dec 4, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME)
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Austin “No Doubt” Trout (L) - Miguel Cotto (R)
Austin “No Doubt” Trout, 26-0, 14 KO’s, of  Las Cruces, New Mexico, defended his WBA Super welterweight title against Miguel Cotto, 37-4, 30 KO’s, of Caguas, Puerto Rico winning a 12-round unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.  On a sad day for Puerto Rican boxing fans, Hector “Macho” Camacho was buried in the Bronx earlier in the day and in the evening at the Garden there was a memorial 10-count for the “Macho Man”. The fans packed the house to see Cotto as well rising Puerto Rican stars Jayson Velez, 20-0, 15 KO’s and Michael Angelo “The Artist” Perez, 18-1-1, 10 KO’s who both scored impressive victories. 

  The crowd of 13,096 in attendance was less than what you normally have at a Miguel Cotto fight at the Garden, however, there was no doubt about who the crowd was there to support….and it wasn’t “No Doubt” Trout.  What they witnessed was a good fight in which Austin Trout put the rest of the division on notice and also let the casual boxing fans get to see who he is and how he fights. It was an impressive performance by Trout in which he handed Cotto his first loss at “The Mecca of Boxing” where Cotto had been 7-0 prior to Saturday night.

  Mexican WBC champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 41-0-1, 30 KO’s was at the fight and there were rumors circulating that Cotto had been eyeing a fight against Canelo to unify the titles in 2013, however Trout proved it was a mistake to look past him.  When the final bell sounded the scores were 117-111 by both Steve Weisfeld and John Poturaj while Adalaid Byrd had it 119-109 all for the winner. While the judges and many people watching the bout on Showtime seemed to agree that Trout won the fight pretty convincingly, the feeling in the Garden was that the fight was a littler closer and that Cotto surely had won more than one round.

  Trout said all the right things after the fight and as impressive as he was in the ring, he was just as impressive in how he spoke and conducted himself like gentleman and a true champion.  "It's time to unify this division. There's a lot of good fighters and a lot of champions and I want to be the best…"To have my hand raised with a kingpin like Miguel Cotto is a dream come true." the 27-year-old Trout said.  "I've been preparing for this fight for my entire life,'… "Fighting Miguel Cotto is a dream come true, it was the hardest fight of my career." "I hope they bring me back to New York," he said.  "I love fighting in the Garden."  

Cotto, who has always been a gracious champion, seemed to think he won the fight, when asked he said “If I agree or not, it doesn't matter. You can ask the crowd, they're gonna tell you.” Cotto, who recently turned 32 also said,   “I'm happy, I’m just a little disappointed with the decision. I have to continue, accept it and move forward,” The show was promoted by his company Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.    

Undercard:

Featherweight, Jayson Velez, 20-0, 15 KO’s, Juncos of Puerto Rico remained undefeated when he knocked out Salvador Sanchez II, 30-5-3, 18 KO’s, the nephew of the great Mexican fighter Salvador Sanchez, in the third round.  

Rising lightweight star, Michael Angelo, “The Artist” Perez dropped his opponent Fernando Carcamo, 10-5, 7 KO’s in the first round and in what developed into a crowd pleasing fight he was dropped in round two.  Perez however composed himself and showed his ability and experience he has and beat the capable and game Carcamo the rest of the way t capture an 8 round unanimous decision and improve his record to 18-1-1, 10 KO’s.  Scores were 77-23 twice and 78-71.  

Super Middleweight, Danny Jacobs of Brookln, 24-1,21 KO’s was impressive in a knockout victory over Chris Fitzpatrick of Cleveland, Ohio who fell to 15-3, 6 KO’s.  

Super welterweight, Jorge Melendez, 25-2-1, 23 KO’s also fighting out of Puerto Rico stopped James Winchester, 15-7, 5 KO’s,  of Greensboro North Carolina at 54 seconds of round number 4.   

Lightweight Jeffrey Fontanez 9-0, 7 KO’s who fights out of Cotto’s hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico stopped Pedro Arcos, 12-3-1, 9 KO’s at 1:23 of round number 2.  

Featherweight, Jorge Diaz, 17-1, 10 KO’s, fighting out of New Brunswick, New Jersey won a unanimous decision over Victor Sanchez, 3-5-1, of Houston Texas.  Diaz swept 60-53 on all three judges’ scorecards.  

In a battle of undefeated super welterweights, Eddie Gomez, 12-0, 8 KO’s, fighting out of the Bronx won a unanimous decision over Luis Hernandez, 9-1, 5 KO’s who was also fighting out of Puerto Rico. Scores were 59-54 twice and 58-55.  

Newark New Jersey middleweight, John Thompson, 10-0, 3 KO’s won a unanimous decision over Elie Augustama, 6-6, 3 KO’s of Haiti. Scores were 60 54 and 59-55 twice. 

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