Trout: I would beat Saul Alvarez like I did Cotto
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) is convinced that he would have schooled 22-year-old WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) as easily as he did with Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) last Saturday night had Alvarez been in the ring with him instead of Cotto at the Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.
Trout said in an interview with RingTV after the fight “[I would have beaten Canelo] Something similar to this one. He [Alavrez] gets hit a lot easier than Cotto. I wouldn’t be surprised [If Cotto fights Alvarez next]. I’m going for th rest of the belts. It was pretty quite in the garden.”
You have to agree with Trout on this. Canelo, as good as he is, would be a lot like Cotto only slower. Canelo doesn’t move well and he’s a totally flat-footed fighter. He’s looked good thus far for the most part, but he’s faced such poor opposition that almost any decent junior middleweight would shine against his opposition.
You could put the 32-year-old Cotto in with the same guys that Alvarez has fought and he’d have a perfect record of 42-0, not 41-0-1, like Canelo. The best guys that Canelo has fought have been these fighters: Kermit Cintron, Matthew Hatton, 40-year-old Shane Mosley, Ryan Rhodes, Josesito Lopez, Carlos Baldomir, Lovemore N’dou and Alfonso Gomez. Those aren’t particularly dangerous fighters, and only one of them is a legit junior middleweight [Rhodes].
It just looks like Golden Boy Promotions has brought Alvarez along really slowly and they’ve still yet to put him in with anyone really good. Alvarez now wants one of the big names but he’s having problems getting that opponent he wants because they’re either losing, injured or just not interested.
Trout beat Cotto by the scores of 117-111, 117-111, and 119-109.
I had Trout winning every round of the fight, although there were a few close ones but not close enough for me to give Cotto any of them. The problem Cotto had was that he was too small, and his reach wasn’t long enough for him to land his punches. He was trying, but he couldn’t reach Trout even in his best rounds. It was always Trout landing the cleaner and more accurate shots throughout.