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Cotto vs. Trout

Al Bernstein: Cotto at MSG Equals Excitement

Hall of Fame SHOWTIME Boxing Analyst Al Bernstein says that a fight featuring Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden is one of the most unique and exciting spectacles in sport.

Bernstein will be ringside at MSG on Saturday, December 1, to announce the battle between WBA Super Welterweight Champion Austin Trout and Cotto. The fight will be seen on SHOWTIME. “I just did Ricky Hatton’s comeback fight at the MEN arena in Manchester, where the crowd and atmosphere is amazing,” Al said. He added, “That same energy and zeal for a fighter is seen at the Garden when Miguel Cotto fights there. I can’t wait to experience it.”

Al points out that this fight is not a one-man show. “Just as Vyechislav Senchenko silenced the crowd in Manchester in upsetting Hatton, Austin Trout wants to do the same in New York. Trout has never lost as a pro and brings a tricky left handed style into this fight. He is rightfully the underdog, but he believes he can be more than a supporting actor in this drama.” Continue reading

Showdown: Cotto vs. Trout Analysis and Prediction

by Chip Mitchell & Robert Uzzell

Analysis of Showdown: Miguel “Junito” Cotto vs. Austin “No Doubt Trout” scheduled to take place December 1, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY.

Tale of The Tape

Age: Miguel Cotto 32, Austin Trout 27
Current Status: Miguel Cotto – Challenger, Austin Trout – WBA Champion
Professional Record: Miguel Cotto – 37-3-0, 30 KOs, Austin Trout – 25-0-0, 14 KOs
Height: Miguel Cotto – 5 ft 7, Austin Trout 5 ft 9½
Reach: Miguel Cotto – 67 in, Austin Trout – 72 in
Knockout Percentage: Miguel Cotto – 75%, Austin Trout – 56%
Previous Fight: Cotto 05/05/2012, Trout 06/02/2012
Common Opponents: None of Note

Miguel “Junito” Cotto

The body snatcher returns! Miguel Cotto is the former WBA Super Welterweight (Light Middleweight) Champion. As stated in past analysis, Miguel embodies a fight-until-I-die brashness that has won him respect from fight fans and journalists. He’s a champion in the ring and win or lose, fans know that they always get their money and times worth of action. Continue reading

Cotto vs. Trout final press conference quotes

Miguel Cotto, Four-Time and Three-Division World Champion

“Austin’s team mentioned that he went to Panama and beat a Panamanian guy and they were in Guadalajara to fight Rigoberto Alvarez. He doesn’t have any of them in front of him. He’s in New York and he is going to have Miguel Cotto in front of him. It’s going to be a great fight.

“Saturday night is going to be a great night for Puerto Rico and for New York.

“I have seen tape on Austin Trout, but not much. Maybe three or four rounds of him fighting, but that is about it. I leave watching tape up to [my trainer] Pedro [Diaz]. He has seen a lot of Trout’s fights and has prepared a game plan for us.

“We looked at our options for this fight and felt that Austin Trout was the best option. Continue reading

A Trout win over Cotto could mess up Saul Alvarez’s plans

By Bill Phanco: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be attending this Saturday’s fight between Miguel Cotto and WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout at Madison Square Garden with the hopes of facing Cotto if he wins the fight. That’s the opponent that Alvarez badly wants, but he may not get him of Trout has something to say about it.

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said this to RingTV about a Trout victory over Cotto: “I think we have to see what fashion in which Trout wins, and then we’ll make an assessment on it, and I will have to talk with Canelo.”

In other words, Alvarez may not fight Trout if he beats Cotto. I suspect that it doesn’t matter how good or bad Trout looks in the fight. If he beats Cotto, I don’t see Golden Boy allowing Alvarez to take the fight with Trout, because he’s all wrong for their young, flat-footed, easy to hit champion Alvarez. If you look at the types of fighters that they’ve been putting in with Alvarez – slow, older, stationary and smaller fighters – it’s clear that Trout is not the ideal opponent. In fact, Trout is the opposite of the types of guys that Golden Boy has fed to Alvarez, which is why I don’t see Trout getting the fight even if he destroys Cotto. Continue reading

Trout needs to give Cotto a real pounding to ensure he gets the decision

By Paul Grunich, photo by Robert Tibuni – WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KO’s) may be the champion as he enters his fight this Saturday night against former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KO’s), but Trout is going to be fighting in front of pretty much mostly Cotto’s fans at the Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA.

What this means is that the fans will be cheering every punch that Cotto throws, even the ones where he misses his target. The judges will no doubt be influenced by the pro-Cotto fans, and this could lead to Trout losing a lot of rounds where he appears to win them. This could be big problem for Trout int his fight. He’s also starting off as the much less popular fighter of the two, and that’s a potential problem as well.

Cotto is the recognizable name, the star if you will, whereas Trout is just a young, slick fighter with a ton of athletic skills going for him. Think of Trout as the future of the junior middleweight division, along with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Even if Cotto wins this fight on Saturday, he’s not going to be fighting for too much longer because the competition is catching up to him, and he mainly wants to fight just the big names in the sport.

It’s surprising that he’s taking the Trout fight, because Trout isn’t well know. But the likely reason that Cotto is taking this fight is so that he can try and pick up a title, and then use that title to get a bigger cut of the financial pie in a unification bout against the WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez in 2013. Cotto may need a title in his possession to get a bigger cut against Alvarez. Continue reading

Cotto: I don’t see anything special about Austin Trout

NEW YORK, N.Y. (Nov. 27, 2012) – Four-Time and Three-Division World Champion Miguel Cotto and unbeaten Puerto Rican prospects Jayson Velez and Jeffrey Fontanez participated in media workouts on Monday at Gleason’s Gym in New York in preparation for their upcoming fights this Saturday, Dec. 1 at Madison Square Garden with Cotto’s and Velez’s fights airing live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

In the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Cotto (37-3, 30 KO’s), of Caguas, P.R., will face undefeated defending champion Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KO’s), of Las Cruces, N.M., for the WBA Super Welterweight World Championship.

The 10-round co-feature for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Featherweight Championship will pit Velez (19-0, 14 KO’s), of Juncos, P.R., against Salvador Sanchez II (30-4-3, 18 KO’s), of Tianguistenco, Mexico. In the opening bout of the telecast, hometown favorite Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs (23-1, 20 KO’s) will be face Cleveland’s Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick (15-2, 6 KO’s) in an eight-round middleweight bout. Continue reading

Cotto vs Trout: Austin Trout the 154lb version of Chris Byrd!

by Robert Jackson: A couple of years back this writer had been hearing the name Austin Trout a lot. Trout having begun his professional career in 2005 had went to Mexico 3 times and beat the local fighters, he’d also traveled to Canada and Panama to fight and win. A modern day road warrior you might say, Trout at that time hadn’t got much TV exposure and was a name without a face.

Trout’s high profile win over Delvin Rodriguez this past June put a face and a boxing style with the name. During that fight it became apparent that Trout is a skillful and slippery – hard to hit fighter.

Fighting out of the southpaw stance I couldn’t help but notice his fighting style was similar to that of former Heavyweight Champion Chris Byrd. His counterpunching and movement reminded me of Byrd. Trout also tends to feint and posture up like Bryd did in his heyday. Continue reading

Trout: I have to keep Cotto on the outside

By Paul Grunich: WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KO’s) isn’t taking any chances with the hard hitting Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KO’s) on Saturday night in their fight at Madison Square Garden in New York. Trout plans on using his jab to keep the 32-year-old Cotto at a safe distance where he’s a lot less harmful. Trout doesn’t want to get in any wars with Cotto where he could get lucky and score a knockout from one of his big power shots. Continue reading

Meléndez ready for Winchester at “Showdown: Cotto vs Trout” in NY; Jesse Hart to fight on 12/8

“Miguel Cotto Promotions” latest acquisition, power puncher, Jorge “Destroyer” Meléndez ( 24-2-1, 23 KO’s ) of Vega Baja,Puerto Rico will be facing off against James Winchester ( 15-6, 5 KO’s ) of North Carolina this Saturday, December 1st at the Madison Square Garden in New York, where the headliner, Miguel Cotto will face WBA light middleweight world champion, Austin Trout.

Meléndez vs Winchester bout is set for 8 rounds at the light middleweight division ( 154lbs ). Continue reading

Miguel Cotto Media Day Quotes – Cotto vs Trout

Miguel Cotto – “Trout has been a World Champion and he deserves his recognition. I know why I accepted this challenge..

“Training in Big Bear was great and we accomplished all the goals that [trainer] Pedro [Diaz] had for us. Everything so far is going just as he planned. I’m feeling great.

“Pedro has been a great addition to my career and for our team. Everyone saw the results with my fights against (Antonio) Margarito and (Floyd) Mayweather. Now, we’ll see how I perform against Trout.

“All fights are different and every fighter is different, but I’m training hard like always and I’m ready to show that everyone on December 1 st .

“Trout is not the only undefeated fighter that I have faced. He is not the first champion either. With that in mind, I will climb into the ring to win.” Continue reading