Miguel Cotto came into tonight's (Dec.1, 2012) junior middleweight title bout undefeated (7-0) inside Madison Square Garden (MSG) with an insanely lucrative pay-per-view (PPV) showdown with "Canelo" Alvarez on the horizon.
Austin Trout ruined everything.
In an extremely entertaining bout, Trout more than redeemed himself for his stinker against Delvin Rodriguez, outdueling the Puerto Rican legend on his way to a well-deserved unanimous decision.
The southpaw Trout started well, keeping Cotto at bay with long punches and taking full advantage of his five-inche reach. The crafty Cotto shifted gears for the next few rounds, bullying his way inside with consistent success and battering Trout with his trademark left hook.
But, Trout didn't get the title by not having a Plan B.
Bringing an effective check right hook into play, Trout took control once again and never let go, sniping Cotto with his southpaw straight and punishing him with that hook whenever he tried to approach. Cotto was never out of the fight and fought his heart out, but he just couldn't overcome the size, strength and craft of Trout.
Well done, Austin Trout. Well done.
The other two bouts on the Showtime broadcast looked like squash matches on paper and, in a disappointing turn of events actually were squash matches. Cotto understudy Jayson Velez massacred Salvador Sanchez II in three rounds while Danny Jacobs forced Chris Fitzpatrick to quit on his stool after the fifth.
For full play-by-play of tonight's proceedings click here.