This Saturday night, for the eighth time in his illustrious career, Miguel Cotto will headline a card at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The former four-time champ, has never lost a fight at the Garden, and will try to capture his fifth world title against relative unknown Austin Trout.
Trout, the WBA junior middleweight champion, has never faced an elite fighter in his 7 years as a professional. A national amateur champion and 2004 U.S. Olympic boxing team alternate in 2004, Trout would just miss the making the US Men’s Olympic team finishing up his amateur career with a record of 163-42-1.
Trout of La Cruce, New Mexico is currently undefeated as a pro, 25-0 (14 KOs). He employs a slick counterpunching southpaw style that gives his opponents fits.
“My goal on Saturday is to get the crowd quiet. I don’t want to give them anything to cheer for,” Trout said this week. “I feel great. I feel like this is my time. I have wanted this fight for years. This was preordained and I don’t think God brought me here to fail.”
In 2011 Trout traveled to Mexico and captured the vacant WBA junior middleweight title against Rigoberto Alvarez, the older brother of fellow 154-pound champion Canelo Alvarez.
But even with a title, Trout’s difficult style and zero fan base made it hard for him to secure bigger fights, making him one of boxing’s most avoided fighters.
The 27-year old will walk into the lion’s den at MSG—in an environment of the likes he’s never seen—attempting to turn back a future Hall of Famer in his backyard.
Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) has won four world championships in three different weight divisions and will seek to add a fifth title this Saturday.
In his career, Cotto has established himself as a must-see attraction. He is a warrior in the truest sense of the word and never gives less than his all in any fight.
He holds career victories over notable fighters including Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi and Antonio Margarito—whom he defeated in his last fight at the Garden.
Cotto is all-action, blood and guts and will leave it all in the ring on Saturday night.
Miguel Cotto’s level of competition is light-years ahead of his opponent. Cotto has fought and won on the biggest stage, something that Trout has never encountered. Trout is not considered a big puncher so winning a decision in Cotto’s house will be a tall order.
Austin Trout will keep this fight in the center of the ring where he will use his speed, and boxing ability to keep Cotto’s explosive offensive attacks at bay. He will need to control the distance and stay off the ropes where Cotto inflicts massive damage.
There might be some difficult moments for Cotto in the early rounds but once Trout feels the Puerto Rican’s punishing body attack, he will slow down just enough for Cotto to take full charge in the mid to late rounds. In the end, Cotto is too experienced too strong and quite simply in a different league.
Prediction: Cotto by TKO in the 11th.