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Miguel Cotto Returns to MSG, challenges Austin Trout
NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—Austin Trout owns something very valuable and Miguel Cotto wants to take it away from him. Trout (25-0, 14 KOs), the undefeated WBA super welterweight champion, will defend his prestigious title against Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs), a former three-division world champion and perhaps one of the greatest Puerto Rican boxers of all-time.
“Showdown: Cotto vs. Trout” will commence at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, December 1, SHOWTIME will televise what should be another memorable fight-night in the Garden’s history.
“The fans here make me proud of the Puerto Rican heritage in New York,” Cotto said at a press conference in New York City earlier this week.”
Cotto considers the Garden to be his second home. Cotto’s best performances have occurred at Madison Square Garden. Amongst Cotto’s best showcases were his bouts against Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, and his highly touted rematch victory over Antonio Margarito last year. Cotto’s fight with Paulie Malignaggi was brutal. Cotto out-boxed Joshua Clottey and overpowered Michael Jennings several years ago.
“People here [in New York] make me feel at home; people here make me feel comfortable,” Cotto added. “They root for me and they give me the support I need to beat anyone. “The crowd here in New York is electrifying. I get a different feeling when I fight here.”
Cotto has a wealth of experience that include additional victories against Ricardo Mayorga, Ranall Bailey, DeMarcus Corley, John Brown, and Ricardo Torres to name a few. The only fighters to have defeated Cotto were Margarito, Floyd Mayweather, and Manny Pacquiao.
The Puerto Rican sensation is a tremendous step-up for Trout. The New Mexican native has three successful title defenses of his 154-pound title against unrecognizable opposition. Trout is also credited as a 2004 U.S. National Amateur Champion and was an alternate on the same 2004 Olympic team that Andre Ward won a gold and Andre Dirrell won bronze medal.
Trout understands he will be challenged ferociously by a highly-motivated Miguel Cotto.
“I know the Puerto Rican fans are going to be out in full-force, but on December 1st, there is going to be a new star in boxing,” Trout said. “They’re going to see why I’m here, why I’m the champion. I have two things in this sport right now – my belt and my undefeated record and I plan to keep both of them.”
Trout is an unknown and no one is giving the champion much of a chance to win this fight. It’s expected, unless Trout does something significant to change everyone’s mind. Trout is relishing the opportunity to fight Miguel knowing that if he beats him, Trout’s name will have more leverage at the negotiating table for upcoming fights.
“I’m going to take this opportunity with both hands and I’m run with it,” Trout added. “It’s very honorable to be on that list of people Cotto has fought because he’s fought the best, but it’s going to be even better to be on that list of the people that have beaten Cotto.”
Trout is unfazed (as it appears) coming to Madison Square Garden, New York City in defense of his WBA title. Trout believes that he is well-prepared to fight an anxious and motivated Cotto in Front of his Puerto Rican followers.
“I’ve been in hostile waters before down in Mexico and it gave me experience for this fight” Trout added. “There’s only one man who’s going to be in the ring with me. We’ve wanted this fight for years. We knew we had to knock off some people first to get it, but I’m very grateful to say the least.”
Trout will prove to the world why he believes he is the most avoided man in boxing.
“I’m one of the most avoided fighters in boxing,” Trout added. “So I thank him for the opportunity to fight him on this stage. This weight class is stacked and I’m going to clean it up.”
Will Kielczweski & Lamonakis steal Saturday’s ‘Road to Glory’ show?
Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kieczweski and Sonya Lamonakis plan to excite fight fans attending Saturday’s ‘Road to Glory’ fight card at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Connecticut.
Kieczweski (13-0, 2 KOs) is a former amateur standout having amassed an impressive 118-26 record and a 2008 National Golden Gloves championship as an amateur. He will be fighting Jeremy McLaurin (9-3, 5 KOs) in a eight-round bout.
Lamonakis (6-0-2, 1 KOs), a female heavyweight from Grece, will battle Queens, NY native Tanzee Daniels (4-1-1, 1 KO). Lamonakis is a New York City public school teacher from P.S. 241 in Manhattan.
‘Road to Glory’ HBO tripleheader
‘Road to Glory’ will consist of a HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader beginning at 9:30 PM. The main event will feature unbeaten super middleweight sensation Edwin ‘La Bomba’ Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) verses undefeated, hard-hitting Jason ‘Monstruo’ Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KOs).
Also, undefeated Luis Orlando Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) is the young, upcoming super bantamweight prospect on the rise. Del Valle is going to show the world just how badly faded is three-time, two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs). The two will meet in a 10-round contest.
Plus, WBC welterweight title contender Antonin Decarie (26-1, 7 KOs) of Canada challenges unbeaten Alex Perez (16-0, 9 KOs).