Cotto vs Trout, Prediction, Odds and The Bottom LineWritten by Sam Gregory
Cotto vs Trout Time: This scheduled 12 round bout in the light middleweight division will be televised live in the U.S. on Showtime Championship Boxing 9PM ET/PT.
A win in this fight is crucial for both men.
Austin Trout fears even if he gives an impressive performance but loses this fight on the judge's scorecards to Miguel Cotto, he won't be given another opportunity for a big fight due to slick style, speed and southpaw stance. A win against Cotto tonight, however, will open the door to Trout being on the fast track to big money fights in the future.
Like Trout, Miguel Cotto simply needs to win this fight. He has been in some ring wars with top marquee fighters in his pro career of over 12 years. A loss for the 32 year old ring tested veteran at this point in his career would suggest to his critics all the ring wars and age have caught up to Miguel.
But Cotto isn't worried about what the critics say: "I've just put myself through a hard training camp just to be the winner. And it's as it was my whole career. I'm here to face Austin Trout Saturday. I'm here to win and I'm not going to rest until I get it."
Austin Trout Highlights
Cotto vs Trout: Breaking it Down
Tonight Miguel Cotto will attempt to capture his fifth world title against undefeated Austin Trout. This will be Miguel Cotto's eighth fight at Madison Square Garden and he's never lost a fight there.
In his most recent outing, Cotto lost his third pro fight while defending the WBA "Super World" light middleweight title against Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Even though Cotto was dethroned against Mayweather in May, he gave the pound-for- pound champ his toughest fight to date. Miguel was able to break through Mayweather's otherwise impenetrable "shoulder roll" defense. However, despite Cotto's steadfast efforts, Mayweather's lightening speed, dazzling footwork and blistering counter punching carried the day - and ultimately the fight.
If Austin Trout has any hope of defeating Cotto he'll need to put on the performance of a lifetime and at a showcase the likes of which he's never seen. Cotto vs Trout, which will be broadcast on Showtime PPV, will be witnessed live by millions. Moreover, Madison Square Garden will be filled with 20,000 rabid Miguel Cotto fans.
Austin Trout will also have to deal with the fact that when Cotto's back is against the wall he's able to run on sheer guts and determination. Miguel Cotto is a battle-tested, elite fighter who wants to be world champion again. What better place to accomplish that goal than Madison Square Garden in an arena full of his fans cheering him on?
Cotto vs Trout Odds
The betting odds heavily favor Miguel Cotto. He has the experience, deeper resume and home field advantage and is a -240 favorite as a result. And while a Cotto loss would make Cotto vs Trout a candidate for Upset of the Year, a Trout upset wouldn't exactly 'shock the world' in betting terms.
So Saturday night when Austin Trout steps in the ring, not only will he know he's the clear underdog, he'll be fighting a popular, future Hall of Famer and the Puerto Rican's 20,000 fans on hand.
Will Austin Trout feel like he's taking on the whole world?
To his credit, Austin Trout is no stranger to fighting on the road as he's spent most of his career fighting in someone else's hometown. When he won the vacant WBA World light middleweight title fight against Rigoberto Alvarez in Guadalajara in early 2011, Trout was the underdog yet carried an impressive 11 out of 12 rounds on all three of the judge's scorecards. And just four months after winning the title, Trout made his first title defense back in Mexico. This time Trout was the favorite and he won fairly easily.
Cotto vs Trout Prediction: The Bottom Line
Many say Trout isn't ready to step in the ring with the likes of Miguel Cotto and I agree with them. Austin Trout is stepping into the lion's den to fight an uphill battle. The deck is clearly stacked against him and I don't think he can pull it out.
Look for Miguel Cotto to win this fight by middle to late round stoppage.
Sam Gregory has been a professional boxing writer since 2002 for publications such as BoxingTalk.com, Boxing Digest, EastsideBoxing.com The Cyberboxing Zone, StraightJab.com, boxingnews24.com and TheSweetScience.com. He has covered numerous fights and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the sport.
As a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, Gregory specializes in boxing history, and contributes regularly to that organization's quarterly publication. He is the author of numerous biographical articles about legendary fighters, classic match-ups, memorable boxing trilogies and other subjects.
He started covering live boxing matches for the website, "Boxingtalk" in February of 2002. The first live event he covered was the Bernard Hopkins-Carl Daniels fight on February 2nd, 2002 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also wrote several boxing related articles, interviews with boxers and trainers for Boxingtalk.
Among some of the interviews he's done was an interview with Kermit Cintron when he trained at Kings Gym in Reading. He interviewed and wrote an article about the trainers of Wrecking Crew Boxing, Norm Bagi and Lenny De Jesus in New York City. Sam visited Norm and Lenny when they were working out of a gym in the Bronx to photograph them and some of the fighters they were training. 2 or 3 separate articles came out of that one visit, including interviews with and about foreign boxers coming to the U.S. He also wrote a profile for one of their female boxers from the U.K. in order to help obtain an athletes visa for her.
All together he covered about a dozen live events as a correspondent from February of 02' thru the following year, 03'.
The first article he published in Boxing Digest was in the October 02' issue. The article was with Bernard Hopkins at ringside and the questions Sam asked him about up-coming fights, his career, etc...
Sam had about seven more articles published in Boxing Digest until they folded in 2010. The other articles were interviews with fighters, match-ups for up-coming fights and an article about Lennox Lewis at the time of his retirement. The last article he wrote for Boxing Digest was a profile of Jose' Torres when he passed away in 2009.
Sam is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and has written several articles for their quarterly publication along with participating in the pound for pound weight class ratings for their website. IBRO also held their own Hall-of-Fame voting this year which he also participated in.
He wrote articles and stories for The Sweet Science website from early 04' until the spring of 05'. He was paid in advance by TSS to write 20 articles of my choice about anything regarding boxing from a historical point of view. He wrote biographies, stories about great fight trilogies, match-ups, etc... The Sweet Science had him do an interview with Sharmba Mitchell in 2004 before his second fight with Kostya Tszyu. That interview was also posted on Showtime's website.
Since he wrote his first article for Boxingtalk in February 02', he had articles about upcoming fights, interviews with boxers, trainers and promoters, along with covering boxing matches on TV and live events. published on several boxing websites including, Eastsideboxing, StraightJab.com, BoxingInsider.com, The Cyberboxingzone, aneutralcorner.com and boxingnews24.com. He also had articles and letters published in Boxing Digest and KO magazines.