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Austin Trout on Miguel Cotto: “He’s got that legacy and I want it.”
NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—Boxing returns to Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, December 1. Undefeated WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) defends his title against one of boxing’s biggest draws Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs). The event will be televised live on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 PM/ET.
Not too many people know who Trout is which is why Cotto is an overwhelming choice to win decisively. Trout, an unknown in many circles, isn’t an overwhelming choice to defeat a former three-division world champion and former Olympian. Cotto has shared the ring with Manny Pacquaio, Floyd Mayweather, and Shane Mosley. Cotto is also undefeated at the Garden dating back to 2005.
A fixture in the Puerto Rican community and the New York boxing scene, Cotto’s very-best performances against Mosley, Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, Joshua Clottey, Mike Jennings, Kid Diamond, and his rematch with Antonio Margarito all occurred at the Garden. Cotto is 7-0 lifetime at the Garden.
It’s very difficult to say Trout has even the slightest of chances considering Cotto’s history fighting at the World’s Most Famous Arena.
“It’s not my first time fighting in hostile waters,” Trout, a 27-year-old native of New Mexico, told BASN. “I won my elimination bout in Panama to become the number one contender. I won my world title in Mexico. Nothing fazes me at all and I’m looking forward to fighting Cotto in his backyard.”
Trout, in February 2011, outpointed Rigoberto Alvarez through twelve rounds (119-108 across the board) to capture the WBA super welterweight championship. Trout has made three successful defenses including a points win against Delvin Rodriguez earlier this year.
When Trout stood face-to-face with Miguel Cotto during the press tour to announce the winter extravaganza, he said of Cotto: “He’s a lot smaller than I thought. The game plan to work the jab will work a lot better. I can beat this guy.”
Trout has something Cotto wants – the WBA 154-pound championship. Cotto wants to be world champion again and he ‘hand-picked’ Trout as an opponent to fight. Obviously, Cotto and his team saw something in Trout that convinced them to offer Trout a tremendous opportunity to share the most famous stage in all of sports.
However, Cotto has something Trout wants just as bad as Miguel’s desire to be a champion again.
“He’s got that name,” Trout stated. He’s got that legacy and I want it. I want his name on my resume under the wins column. I want to have his legacy.”
Trout believes that Cotto is no longer the same aggressive fighter he was years ago because of the wear-and-tear endured through the years. That is why Cotto, in recent fights, is boxing and maneuvering around the ring more behind ring generalship.
“No, I don’t think he’s the same fighter,” Trout said. “He’s different physically and technically. He uses the bow and arrow technique. He’s not the same man physically.”
Trout was polite enough to demonstrate the bow-and-arrow technique and explained why it’s not good. Trout basically stated that Cotto pulls his punches.
Trout refers to himself as a ‘big kid’ and is eagerly waiting to introduce himself to the world on the world’s biggest stage at Madison Square Garden.
“Austin Trout is a family man, a big kid, and a fighter,” Trout stated. “I’m very smart and athletic. I’m very excited to show the world who Austin Trout is inside the ring.”