November 29th, 2012 By Pedro FernandezSHOWTIME MAIN IS “SOLID”
San Francisco, CA- Quite possibly the most underrated super match up of the boxing year 2012 will take place in Madison Square Garden this Saturday night as Austin Trout and Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) tangle for 12 rounds or less to determine who is the real 154 lb. WBA champion. On paper, unbeaten (25-0, 14 KOs) Trout, a 2004 Olympic Alternate and Cotto, a three-division kingpin are a unique clash of boxing styles.
COTTO HAS THAT “CHILL FACTOR”
The Miguel Cotto I first met in the Big Apple many moons (and rounds) ago was a guy trying his best to learn and speak English. Cool, calm, almost looking like he had taken a “Chill” pill in the midst of battle, Cotto was the most relaxed fighter I had seen since the late Hall of Famer Alexis Arguello. Roberto Duran’s ex-manager Hector Martinez always capped on Cotto during the Puerto Rican’s developmental process saying among other things, “Cotto’s too slow.” For the record, Miguel Cotto has a fair jab, good right cross, potent left hook and isn’t afraid to work the body or throw combinations up and down. But in order to shine I think Miguel needs somebody that stands right in front of him.
OUTSIDE OF FLOYD IS COTTO UNBEATEN?
In his last outing Cotto was praised for his valiant stand against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May. Cotto would “muss” up Floyd’s “Pretty Boy” look as he bloodied his nose while going the 12 round distance this past May losing 10-2 in rounds twice & 9-3 on the third card. Not having lost since a 2009 drubbing to Manny Pacquiao, a fight where Cotto was induced by his then promoter Top Rank to sign for a special 145 lb. “catch weight” limit with Pacquiao. Weight drained and psychologically “impacted” from the beating he suffered at the hands (or casts) of Antonio Margarito, a bloody Cotto had his world rocked by the Pacman with a TKO loss in 12.
COTTO LOOKING FORWARD FOR 2013
Having avenged the loss to Margarito, Cotto would like to beat Trout and call out Manny Pacquiao whether or not the Philippine Congressman beats Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8. That being said, Cotto, who according to Trout, did not have to fight him. So Trout will take short change for the fight that he knows is a “make or break” fight for the fighter from Las Cruces, NM.
LIKE SIDNEY POITIER AT THE DINNER TABLE!
The manner in which the “boxing establishment” has taken Trout in is akin to the treatment actor Sidney Poitier got from Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in the 1967 movie entitled “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” where the black Poitier was not that well received by his inlaws.
THIS TROUT IS NO FRESH WATER FISH!
Trout will have two, make it three advantages before the first bell rings in height, reach, and oh yeah, he’s a slick left-hander. In addition he has excellent movement, something Cotto will look to stop with some “body & fender” work. The amateur pedigree and the fact that there are far less pugilistic miles on Austin Trout than Cotto is itself significant. The beatings received from Pacquiao and Margarito are the equivalent of 500,000 miles on an American car. What I’m trying to say is that Cotto could break down at anytime.
FIGHT IS AUSTIN TROUT’S TO LOSE?
With all the advantages Austin Trout has and this includes a “cute” left hand style, I’m going against the grain and the oddsmakers for the second week in a row. Having picked Robert Guerrero over Andre Berto, this looks like another underdog defying the odds. Apparently the “wise guys” know Trout has the tools to win going away as the line has dropped from 3-1 to 2-1 in favor of Cotto.
CAN AUSTIN HANDLE THE HEAT?
According to World 168 lb. (super middleweight) champion Andre Ward, given the opportunity, Trout will prove to be the best at 154 lbs. That remains to be seen, but unless Trout folds up and doesn’t box, Austin deserves a wide points win but will instead yield victory by less points than deserved.
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