|Cotto looks for world title number five against Trout
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 1, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME)
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Trout likes to use feints. He’s a good counterpuncher. His confidence is an asset.
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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