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Cotto vs. Trout on Showtime on December 1st, no PPV

Austin Trout Miguel Cotto Cotto-TroutBy Dan Ambrose: The December 1st fight between Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KO’s) and WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KO’s) will be televised by Showtime in a non-pay per view fight at the Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States. This is definitely good news for boxing fans because it’s hard to imagine getting excited about having to pay to see Cotto fight Trout on PPV. Trout isn’t a star and isn’t well known to casual boxing fans yet.

LA Times writer Lance Pugmire said on his twitter page “Appears that Miguel Cotto and Austin Trout’s fight [on] December 1 will be on regular Showtime, not ppv.”

Trout, 26, has a real chance of winning this fight if he can box Cotto like he did Delvin Rodriguez in his last fight Trout might not be thrilling to watch, but he’s effective at what he does. He’s not easy to hit on a consistent basis and he’s got admirable power to go along with his nifty defensive skills. He’s definitely going to be a lot of problems for Cotto compared to some of the guys that the Puerto Rican has been fighting in recent years.

If you take Floyd Mayweather Jr. out of the equation, Cotto hasn’t fought a good opponent since losing to Manny Pacquiao three years ago in 2009. That’s a long time to go in between facing good fighters, and I think it’s going to turn around and bite Cotto on the backside agaisnt Trout.

Cotto has never had good stamina to begin with, but he’s now more like an 8 round fighter at this stage in his career. If Trout can keep it close through 8 rounds, he’ll be able to pull out a decision by sweeping rounds 9 through 12 against a fading Cotto.

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