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Sunday, 2 December 2012

02/12/2012 Trout upsets the odds against Cotto

Unbeaten Austin Trout last night produced what many would call an upset win over Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, but after watching the 12 round encounter its hard to see why he was the underdog. The writing was on the wall for Cotto to win this fight and advance into the new year with a dream match up against Canelo Alvarez. But that fight is now in jeopardy after last night and the attention now turns on to Trout and how far he can go in the division.

Cotto opened up the fight with a great start, great movement and energy and some blistering combinations, but Trout seemed happy to take the shots and keep pace with Cotto, knowing the longer the fight went on the more it would favour the younger man. And it did just that, as rounds 1 and 2 became 4 and 5 and moved to 7 and 8, Trout was becoming more and more comfortable and confident that he was gaining the points on the judges scorecards.

By the last few rounds the Garden seemed almost silenced as the huge Cotto contingency were seeing the undoing of their hero, Trout came on a lot stronger and was always looking to win the fight. Cotto fought to the dying seconds in true warrior fashion but it was never going to be enough, leaving him questioning his career now moving forward. When asked after the ring if he was likely to return, he simply said 'Probably'.

With Alvarez watching on amongst the Boxing Faithful, he now must ask himself if beating Cotto will give him the credibility it perhaps would of a year ago, is he know to look at taking on Trout or someone else in the division. Stylistically Alvarez v Cotto is the match everyone wants to see, but after that performance i don't Cotto stopping Canelos incredible record. Trout made it very clear after the fight he wants Alvarez, but he also said he would be happy to offer a rematch to Cotto, not forgetting a showdown with Floyd Mayweather.

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