This Saturday night brings another highly anticipated potential barn-burner center stage as former four-time and three division World Champion and Puerto Rican legend Miguel ‘Junito’ Cotto (37-3, 30 KO’s) takes on the pride of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout (25-0, 14 KO’s) for Trout’s WBA World light middleweight title at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, LIVE on SHOWTIME Boxing the action beginning at 7PM.
The heavily favored now 32 years-old Cotto boasts an impressive professional resume that includes the likes of Shane Mosley, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Antonio Margarito and Ricardo Mayorga, his three career losses coming at the hands of Mayweather, Jr., Pacquiao and Margarito with his last bout coming back in May of this year when losing a unanimous decision to Mayweather, Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Miguel Cotto has never shied away from a fight, Saturday night being another example of his intestinal fortitude when taking on the 27 years-old southpaw Austin Trout who has one name of note most would know, that being Delvin Rodriguez (Trout being the underdog) this past June, Trout winning the WBA World light middleweight title by impressive unanimous decision at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, this bout (on paper) seeming to be a colossal mismatch in Cotto’s favor.
Miguel Cotto has been a gentleman both inside and outside of the ring, never casting disparaging remarks the way of any opponent, him being the consummate professional.
For those who have yet to see ‘No Doubt’ Trout he first is a gentleman who respects Miguel Cotto and the sport of boxing. Then be prepared to understand and see just why Oscar de la hoya tried his best to convince Cotto against taking this fight, the New Mexico native young, hungry and looking to establish himself as the ‘man to beat’ at 154 pounds.
In this fight Trout will enjoy a three inch height as well as a five inch reach advantage, giving him more than enough to outbox and in the later rounds, stop the proud Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto.
These two men exemplify everything that’s right about boxing, and its’ indeed unfortunate that one will have to lose on Saturday night.
Traveling across country to the George Duke Center in Vacaville, California, we have Denver bantamweight Ricky Lopez, Jr. (9-1, 4 KO’s) taking on undefeated Golden Boy Promotions highly touted 5’ 9” in height and a mere 20 years-old prospect Manuel ‘Tino’ Avila (10-0, 3 KO’s) in the televised (Telefutura) main event.
This bout should have fireworks from the outset, both fighters looking to carve their name in the Golden Boy bandwagon with matchmaker/promoter Don Chargin keeping a close eye on the outcome.
Stephen Johnson feature writes for BORICUA BOXING.com, INSIDE BOXING.com, UNDISPUTED FIGHT MAGAZINE.com and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com