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Roach: Miguel Cotto Fought The Wrong Kind of Fighter

By Rick Reeno

Trainer Freddie Roach believes Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30KOs) fought the wrong style of fighter this past Saturday night at New York's Madison Square Garden. Cotto challenged WBA "regular" junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14KOs), who won a lopsided twelve round unanimous decision.

Roach had no issue with the lopsided scores of 117-111 [twice] and 119-109, stating "I scored it the same way." Two of the Cotto-Trout judges, Steve Weisfeld and Adalaide Byrd, are going to score this Saturday's fourth battle between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Roach still views Cotto as a force at the junior middleweight limit. He felt Trout was the wrong kind of fighter, and felt the Puerto Rican star should have faced a banger - like a James Kirkland.

"I think he fought the wrong style of fighter. He fought a slick boxer. He was better off fighting a banger, someone he could hit," Roach told BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 12-05-2012

There is Freddy the match maker Roach..IMO Cotto is fighting in the wrong weightclass,Cotto would be top of the div at 147lb..At 154lb he if not as effective IMO..Kirkland would beat the breaks off of Cotto imo..Too big and strong…

Comment by Sttag on 12-05-2012

I always picked Trout to beat Cotto but he just isn't supposed to be at 154. He fought a good, athletic, slick, and bigger guy than him and got his ass beat because of that. He couldn't bully his opponent,…

Comment by mikeMack on 12-05-2012

cotto isn't that good and takes way too much punishment. Cotto has to be matched up carefully because Cotto isn't that good. Cotto's 4 huge losses prove that cotto is average at best. too short and too slow. no reach…

Comment by Come on Man... on 12-05-2012

Yeah because Trout wasn't forced to be weight drained and fight at a catch weight coming off a bad performance. Freddie being Freddie...

Comment by PR ESQ. on 12-05-2012

Cotto doesn't shy away from the difficult fights. Roach should know this. Trout clearly won this fight in a lopsided fashion. Cotto just couldn't hurt him although, he was split second off from landing a vicious left hook to Trout's…

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