WBA world light-middleweight champion, Austin Trout, passed his toughest test so far as a professional boxer on Dec. 1, successfully defending his title against Miguel Cotto at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
Coming into his encounter against Cotto (37-4-0, 30 KOs), Trout’s (26-0-0, 14 KOs) defensive prowess inside the ring was well-documented, but the 27 year-old displayed just how diverse his skills are, being the aggressor at times and shockingly holding his own against Cotto inside.
Right from the start, Austin Trout took control of their 12-round encounter, landing crisp counters on “Junito.” Cotto started fighting back in the third round, and he controlled the majority of the middle rounds. However, Trout seemed to have more gas in his tank, and he regained control during the latter rounds, winning the last four rounds on my scorecard.
Judges Steve Weisfeld and John Poturaj scored the bout 117-111, while Adalaide Byrd had it 119-109, all in favor of Trout.
“Defeating Miguel Cotto is a dream come true,” Trout said during his post-fight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray. “I can’t thank God enough for this. … I felt I was the bigger man, and I wanted to prove I could push him back if I needed to.”
Prior to the fight, Cotto was on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’ and Floyd Mayweather’s list of potential opponents, but those plans will now have to change. Trout offered to fill Cotto’s spot against Canelo after the fight, so there’s a decent chance the two will end up meeting sometime in 2013.
“Oye Canelo yo quiero pelear! (Hey Canelo I want to fight),” Trout added. “It’s time to unify this division!”
Canelo also had his sights on Mayweather and Sergio Martinez, but “Maravilla” already has plans with Martin Murray — the two will fight for the WBC middleweight title on April 27. A Mayweather vs. Alvarez bout is still a possibility, but the Mexican star would be better of fighting Trout next.
I personally like the idea of Canelo fighting Austin Trout, while Mayweather fights Robert Guerrero, with the victors squaring up during the second half of 2013.