Cotto looks for world title number five against Trout
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 1, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME)
Cotto - Trout
Tonight at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City, Miguel Cotto tangles with undefeated WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout. Cotto is undefeated at MSG, going 7-0 in his career. Trout, though undefeated, has never fought an opponent as talented as Cotto.  
Trout, 27, (25-0, 14 KOs) will enter the ring with an advantage in height and reach. His advantages stop there. Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) was last seen giving Floyd “Money” Mayweather hell over 12 intense rounds.
Cotto, the four-time world champion, is ready to add a fifth belt to his collection. Trout begs to differ. He figures his time is now and Cotto’s was yesterday. Trout has won has last five bouts with ease. The issue is the names on his resume are not nearly as impressive as Cotto's. Many figured Cotto was finished after losses to Antonio Margerito and Manny Pacquiao. They figured wrong. Cotto showed plenty of moxie last May against Mayweather. His punches were crisp and cutting. He moved with a nice rhythm.
Trout easily defeated David Lopez in 2011. His one-sided shellacking Delvin Rodriguez surprised many. At this point, it’s hard to tell exactly what Trout will bring into the fight. He’s a southpaw, and looks to be technically strong. Many consider his fights the equivalent of watching paint dry.
It’s been a reported that a Cotto victory will pave the way for a mega-fight with undefeated 21-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Trout has been victorious in 25 fights in a row. His southpaw style could prove to be a problem for Cotto. The height and reach are also concern. Trout likes to sit behind his jab. His long left packs some sting. If Cotto wants the Canelo showdown, he’s going to have to figure out a way to stay under Trout’s punches and work his body.
The thinking here is that Cotto has too many layers of talent for Trout. He can adapt his style. His punches carry more snap. He's the better boxer.
Trout likes to use feints. He’s a good counterpuncher. His confidence is an asset.
Cotto has the home court advantage at Madison Square Garden. His last appearance drew 18,000 rabid fans. Cotto’s experience in big time bouts is another advantage.
This writer see’s Cotto winning the fight by either a late stoppage, or unanimous decision.
The Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout fight is part of the Showtime Championship Boxing Series.

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