By Eric Thomas: While WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KO’s) will be coming into his December 1st fight against former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KO’s) with a world title and an unbeaten record in his possession, many boxing fans and writers see the 32-year-old Cotto as the favorite for this fight.
The reason for this is Cotto’s better power and superior experience compared to the 26-year-old Trout. If Cotto does win this fight it will likely be due to his greater experience compared to Trout, because Cotto has been in with so many better fighters than the unbeaten champion at this stage in his career.
Trout does have an excellent chance of winning this fight though. He showed in his wins over Delvin Rodriguez, David Lopez and Rigoberto Alvarez that he has the talent to beat really good fighters with relative ease. The way that Trout beat those fighters suggests that he’s the real deal and not just a fake paper champion made by one of the sanctioning bodies.
Cotto has got a really tough fight on his hands with Trout, and he’s going to have to come up with a plan to take Trout out. If Cotto can’t score a knockout against Trout then this fight could get really ugly for Cotto with him suffering cuts and wearing down to where he could get potentially stopped. We saw in Cotto’s loss to Antonio Margarito in July 2008 that it doesn’t take a lot of power to get Cotto out of there.
Cotto’s got skin that cuts easy and once he gets to the point in the fight where he’s bleeding and tired, we could see Cotto looking for a way out against Trout, especially if the fight is one-sided. Cotto really only has a punchers’ chance in this fight. He’s not going to out-box a fighter like Trout, because that’s his game.