Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Cotto on Trout's Road Wins: This Time Will Be Different

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Miguel Cotto looked on respectfully Wednesday as Austin Trout, his promoter and his manager mentioned Trout’s previous victories in hostile territory.

The WBA 154-pound champion beat Mexico’s Rigoberto Alvarez by unanimous decision in Guadalajara to win the then-vacant title in February 2011. The 27-year-old southpaw previously topped Panama’s Nilson Tapia by majority decision in Panama City.

Those are among the reasons the unbeaten Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) isn’t intimidated by the thought of boxing Cotto at Madison Square Garden, Cotto’s home away from home, on Saturday night (9 p.m. ET; Showtime).

Cotto couldn’t care less. He emphasized Trout’s significant step up in competition Saturday night, despite that the Las Cruces, N.M., native will make the fourth defense of his championship.

“They mentioned they were in Panama and beat a Panamanian guy, they were in Guadalajara and beat Rigoberto Alvarez,” Cotto, 32, said. “Now they’re in New York and they’re not going to have any of them in front of them. They’re going to have Miguel Cotto and the story’s going to be different.”

Puerto Rico’s Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) has fought at the Garden seven times over the past seven years and has been boxing’s biggest draw there in the 21st century. The three-division champion is undefeated in those seven Garden fights, including wins against Paulie Malignaggi, Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito.

Madison Square Garden executive Joel Fisher presented him with a plaque Wednesday to commemorate eclipsing 100,000 tickets sold overall since his first fight there in June 2005.

The Cotto-Margarito grudge rematch drew a capacity crowd in excess of 20,000 last Dec. 3, but the Cotto-Trout fight isn’t sold out. Tickets start at $50 (ticketmaster.com; 800-745-3000).

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Frank Ducketts on 12-01-2012

Cotto needs a knockout to win.

Comment by richardt on 12-01-2012

Trout us a very cool guy but I'm pulling for one of the best in Boxing in the last 10 years, Cotto. Both guys are really likeable.

Comment by mathed on 12-01-2012

Trout is a nice guy too, it's going to be a little rough watching him getting beaten down tonight.

Comment by El Angel on 12-01-2012

Very different. He's not leaving with that belt or his 0.

Comment by GUEVARA on 12-01-2012

war cotto!!!!!!!!!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (8)
Top Headlines Frank Warren on Flanagan's Options, Saunders' Return, More Cecilia Braekhus vs. Klara Svensson Looms For January 28 Bellew: McGegor Just Wants UFC Shares, Mayweather Drills Him Video: Thomas Dulorme on Sparring Mayweather, Joining TMT McGregor: If Mayweather Runs, I Have Other Boxing Targets! Denis Lebedev-Murat Gassiev: Pre-Fight Report Card Video: Ellerbe Talks McGregor, Mayweather, Pedraza-Davis, More Abraham Lopez Decisions Sergio Lopez at LA Fight Club Jose Ramirez Stops Issouf Kinda in Six Rounds Dana White Baffled By McGregor's Move: He's Under Contract To Me Ashley Theophane Bounces Back, Decisions Yakubu Amidu Lebedev's Manager Explains Why NO WBA Title Shot For Gassiev Tevin Farmer Dominates Dardan Zenunaj in Showcase Conor McGregor on Malignaggi: Who The F*** is That Guy? Wilder Cleared To Train; Says He'll Fight "In February Or March" Ceferino Rodriguez Beats Mousaoui For EBU Belt, Malignaggi Next? Commey: I Clearly Won, Look at How Banged Up Shafikov Is! HBO, Showtime To Televise Shows Simultaneously on January 28 Tevin Farmer Thrilled With Getting Fourth Fight In 2016 Marquez: Andre Ward Adjusted, Fought Well - Kovalev Also Faded Joseph Adorno Pumped After Signing Deal With Top Rank Photos: Jorge Paez, Johnny Navarrete Ready For Los Mochis Scrap Photos: Mario Barrios Putting in Work For Ring Return Charles Conwell, 2016 United States Olympian, Turns Pro Roach: Gassiev is Dangerous Early - We'll Take Him Deep, Stop Him David Rodriguez Autobiography Generating Positive Press Deontay Wilder: Joshua vs. Molina Winner Will Eventually See Me Denis Shafikov Edges Richard Commey In Title Eliminator Tevin Farmer: I Can Compete With Anyone at 130, Beat Them Too Amanda Serrano-Yazmin Rivas Top SHO Extreme Bill on Jan. 14 Oscar De La Hoya: Canelo Alvarez "Will Beat Conor McGregor's Ass" Photos: Saunders, With Tyson Fury By His Side, Ready For Akavov Photos: Denis Lebedev, Murat Gassiev Ready For Moscow War Allen: Luis Ortiz is an Old Man, I'm Smack Him Bang on The Chin Francisco Vargas vs. Miguel Berchelt Set For January 28, HBO Photos: Kubrat Pulev, Samuel Peter Ready For Battle Jose Ramirez: It's Time To Show I'm A Next-Level Type of Fighter Team Joe Smith: Many Doors Open With Win Over Bernard Hopkins BBBofC Hopes For Nick Blackwell Talks Second Day Weights: Farmer 137.7, Zenunaj 137.4
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement