Austin Trout Upsets Miguel Cotto


New York, NY– Our sport sure has changed since my heyday on the pages of RingTalk.com Back then, now some several years ago, the boxing world was aflutter with its writers wondering whether the greatest Congressman to everstep into a ring, Manny Pacquiao would accept a challenge from the increasingly boring Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs); whether fighters with a lot of miles (rounds) like Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs), would finally retire; and whether WBA welter guy Paul Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs) wouldever stop badmouthing judges on live television. As you can tell from the events at Madison Square Garden last Saturday, everything is totally different now.


Boxing history moves at a glacial pace, and from this emanates much of its charm. Even in the face of captains of industry that insist on hijacking the narrative to convince the casual observer that they really, really care about underwhelming prospects that look good (hello & goodbye Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KOs), the cream of the sport rises to the top—or, in cases like Cotto or Shane Mosley—it stays there. Years pass and the stars continue burning, even when they are burned out. And often in those spectacular moments of defeat, new stars rise from the ashes.


For many, watching stars like Cotto and Ricky Hatton (45-3, 32 KOs) yield to a newer generation of talent necessarily means the “death” of boxing as they know it. If Trout-Cotto proved anything, it’s that boxing never changes (except when it does). The sport’s slow pace turns its fans into creatures of habit that squirm uncomfortably at the thought of their favorites retiring. It’s a product of inertia as much as the personal nature of the sport—we sacrifice the permanence of teams and institutions for the chance to root for individuals and personalities rather than geographical regions or schools. Unfortunately, this leads to a conservative attitude among viewers in which the birth of a champion is treated as a burial. Some came together Saturday night not to celebrate Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KOs), but to mourn Miguel Cotto. It is hard to blame the media for assuming a sport is dying when it is constantly draped in black shawls.


The challenge of how to engage a new generation when it has become clear that worshipping false idols of yore is not a good business model is not unique to boxing. The Republican Party is going through its own attempts at evolution while ignoring the bright, new, diverse talent at its fingertips—and just like Republicans, it’s time for boxing fans to adapt to this brave new world of boxers born in the ‘90s who can’t unglue themselves to their Twitter accounts and embrace them rather than shooing them off their lawns. A sport that counts Trout, Malignaggi, and bright young thing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) among its stars is only dying if you ignore all this talent and pay the equivalent of a new TV set to watch Manny Pacquiao shadow box an AARP member.


Tina Fey of 30 Rock & SNL

The new crop of boxing stars is young, fresh, and—most importantly— have wildly divergent styles. A division full of knockout artists or sweet scientists would lull an entire generation to sleep. In fact, in the days when Bernard Hopkins v. Winky Wright was considered a PPV-able event, their division did just that. Against Cotto, Trout proved in the name of his generation that it was time to move on, and I, for one, am ready to listen. In two days when Pacquiao goes into the ring to fight the same fight he has been fighting for half the time I have been alive, I will happily watch whatever mediocre rerun of Saturday Night Live or 30 Rock is on that night. I feel no sense of loyalty to the robber barons that think I’m not smart enough to realize Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez is a sham. But having watched Cotto pass the torch onto Trout, with Alvarez’s supernova talent waiting in the wings for his shot at unifying a title, I’m ready to give boxing—real boxing—my undivided attention.

Frances “The Fight Chick” Martel


  • I see were you are coming from Frances, but Marquez is no AARP candidate by your logic blazing fast Sergio Martinez (38 on feb) who just schooled a 26 year old is ancient, which obviously is not the case. Marquez at 39 is a better fighter than 95 percent of the sport’s younger competitors. Cotto has seen better days, but can still sell ppvs, Trout cant say the same he is a young hungry champion, but in no way more accomplished than miguel was in 2007. Yes the boxing world mourned Cotto because Cotto deserved so, perhaps someday when Trout is pummeled down we will mourn him too, but with modern nutrition fighters are peaking in their 30s, so yes AARP candidate Sergio Martinez would smash Trout now, its always sad when a beloved fighter is defeated because he is past his prime, because it doesnt necesarily mean that he was beaten down by a greater fighter but by age and mileage, in pfp sense a Prime Cotto ranks much higher than a Prime Trout. Boxing is ciclical yes, some day Martinez too will hit the end of the road, Trout will have a chance to state his case for greatness in the coming years, as will Golokvin who might have an easier time in becoming a star because he is explosive. Trout didnt set the boxing world on fire with his workman like performance over a man he outsized and was at 80 percent of what he once was. But hopefully he gets his chance against Canelo, who does have more ‘star’ potential than any 154 pounder in the world which is why he is protected. The point is Frances, every time a real star is beaten by father time or ring wars the boxing world will mourn and rightfully so no one likes when good things come to an end, as we are reminded of our own mortality by their down fall…

  • Glad to see you back Fight Chick. Keep ’em thinking.


  • I guess welcome back or maybe we’ll see. The welcome is if you have come to grips with calling Marvin Hagler “bland”… Look at the first round of Pedro’s 15 greatest rounds and after that tell us you think Hagler is still bland. As for Trout, I think he is very good and he met a badly shopworn Cotto. I think that Cotto should call it a career, and a very good one it was!.. He has plenty of money, good real estate investments, a great family, etc… Time to stop taking so many punches. I’ll make you a deal. I’ll stop calling you the “fright chick” if you do a turn around on Hagler. He was a lot of things but bland wasn’t one of them……

  • Welcome back Fight Chick!

  • good article chick….i mean fight chick!

  • Welcome back Frances, love reading your column. I hope we can see more coming.

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