Hoping to redeem his title loss from earlier this year, Miguel Cotto takes on undefeated southpaw Austin Trout for the WBA Light Middleweight title Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Back in May, Cotto lost the Super Light Middleweight title to Floyd Mayweather via unanimous decision in Las Vegas. He is now looking to return to championship glory.
Despite his flawless mark and three consecutive title defenses, Trout is a heavy underdog across the board. In hist most recent bout in June, he earned a unanimous decision over Delvin Rodriguez.
Cotto is one of the most powerful fighters in his weight class, and even with his three inch height advantage, it is believed Trout will be worn down by Cotto’s strength and overall savvy.
The 32-year-old Puerto Rican also boasts an undefeated mark, winning all seven of his fights in the Garden. In what could be a sign, Cotto’s last win was a 10th-round technical knockout against Antonio Margarito last December at MSG.
Trout, nicknamed “No Doubt,” hails from New Mexico and captured the then-vacant WBA Light Middleweight title last year in a unanimous decision over Rioberto Alvarez in Guadalajara, Mexico.
While that win was panned as ugly, the 27-year-old is seen as one of the best boxers in his weight class and is not expected to be an easy outing for Cotto.
The fight is scheduled for around 10 p.m. and will be broadcast by Showtime.
Betting Odds: Cotto is favored -240.
Prediction: Cotto has more experience and a lot to prove after his loss to Mayweather. Trout has just as much to prove, but has not fought anyone of Cotto's caliber before. This fight will go the distance. Cotto should win by a majority decision.
Record: 37-3, 30 KOs
Record: 25-0, 14 KOs