Apparently, Puerto Rican challenger Miguel Cotto (40-4) didn't show up in his alleged 'home' in Madison Square Garden when he had the opportunity to take the WBA Light Middleweight title from Texan Austin Trout (26-0). Trout was able to defend against the atypically non-aggressive Cotto to defend his title as best in the WBA Light Middleweight class. And, in the end, Cotto's undefeated MSG record was cracked.
Cotto did not display enough of his aggression and science and instead defended against the crisp and clean shots from Trout. Cotto only made inroads with flurries at the end of some rounds, gaining some advantages at the end from rounds that were usually dominated by the efficient Trout.
It was a disappointing showing from Cotto, whose last fight was against the upstart boxing master, Floyd Mayweather. Before these last two losses, Cotto looked good in wins against the Shabbas-honoring Yuri Foreman, the wild brawler Ricardo Mayorga, and the bitter rematch against Antonio Margarito.
Cotto had stretched Mayweather more than anyone else had up to their fight, but did not bring any of that crisp science or aggression that worked so well against Mayweather to Trout.
For the undefeated Trout, it was his first big test that he passed with flying colors. Cotto was able to hurt Trout during the bout, but it wasn't enough to keep the champ from earning a unanimous decision victory.
Trout also had no problem calling out rising Mexican star, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. If Cotto challenged Trout, then Alvarez is a good next step. Alvarez has rolled through his opponents, and if Trout can handle Cotto, then its a good match up for both. And Trout openly wants Canelo's belt.
Boxing fans have a good match up waiting for them in the near future. Make it happen, boxing gods.
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