Schaefer: Canelo-Cotto still a possibility
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says that there’s a good chance that Miguel Cotto will wind up facing WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez next instead of the logical choice of Alvarez facing Trout in a unification bout. Trout himself said won’t be surprised if Canelo and Golden Boy choose not to face him next.
Scahefer said at the Cotto-Trout press conference “The 154 pound division is very deep. We’ll sit down with Miguel. There’s a still a possibility we’ll see Canelo-Cotto fight. We’ll see if Trout is a possibility. There are other names at 154 we’re going to be looking at, whether it’s James Kirkland or Alfredo Angulo or any of these guys.”
So it looks like Schaefer is looking at one of the following names for Alvarez’s next fight:
It’s sad that Schaefer is still considering putting together a fight between Cotto and Canelo even after Cotto’s loss, because the idea was that Cotto was supposed to beat Trout, pick up his World Boxing Association belt, and then face Alvarez in a big money unification. It looks like Golden Boy misjudged how good Trout was when they chose to match Cotto against him instead of say IBF champion Cornelius Bundrage or WBO champion Zaurbek Baysangurov.
Golden Boy misjudged the talent of Trout by letting Cotto fight him, because this is obviously not what Schaefer had planned on happening. Now it looks Schaefer doesn’t want to let Trout get another crack at beating one of his fighters, hence he’s mentioning putting Alvarez in with Cotto or other Golden Boy fighters such as Kirkland or Angulo.
Trout really wants the fight with Alvarez, and he sees him as someone that’s really easy to hit because of his weak defensive skills, and his tendency to fight flat-footed all the time. It doesn’t look like Trout’s going to get the fight with Alvarez unless Alvarez himself pushes for it.