Miguel Cotto (37-3-0, 30 knockouts) put on a solid performance during his May 5 outing against undefeated Floyd Mayweather (43-0-0, 26 knockouts), and the Puerto Rican will be in for another tough contest when he faces Austin Trout (25-0-0, 14 knockouts) on Dec. 1.
The two will meet at the Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y.
Golden Boy Promotions president, Oscar De La Hoya, wouldn’t mind organizing a fight between Cotto and rising Mexican star, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but he’s worried that “Junito” might have bitten off more than he can chew by agreeing to fight Trout.
“He [Trout] has everything to win and nothing to lose, and those fighters are very dangerous and very difficult [and] unpredictable,” De La Hoya said during a conversation with Mitch Abramson. “You don’t know what they’re going to come with. It’s going be a tough fight. I believe that Austin Trout is going to be in the best shape of his life….no doubt about it. This is the biggest fight of his career. It’s a dangerous fight. I personally don’t like it. … Are we gonna see a fight where youth overcomes experience and age, or are we going see the old warrior step it up once again and give us an electrifying performance? It’s going be quite a show, quite a spectacle.”
Given the fact Cotto had multiple options before he decided to sign the contract to fight Trout; the Puerto Rican deserves a lot of credit for agreeing to take on such a dangerous opponent.
Trout isn’t well known by casual boxing fans, but he does have all the tools needed to become a big-name fighter in the future. He’s technically sound enough to keep up with Cotto, and he’ll also enjoy a five-inch reach advantage.
However, Cotto is a lot more experienced than Trout, and that’ll probably be his biggest asset going into their Dec. 1 showdown.
A loss against Trout would have a serious impact on Cotto’s marketability, but a win would make a future fight against “Canelo” that much easier to sell
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David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.