Undefeated WBA light-middleweight champion, Austin Trout (25-0-0, 14 knockouts), will be in for a serious step up in competition when he faces Miguel Cotto (37-3-0, 30 knockouts) on Dec. 1. However, while Trout remains respectful of Cotto's accomplishments, he's confident he'll emerge victorious when the two boxers square up at the Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y.
Trout isn't even worried about the fact the arena will probably be packed with Cotto's fans, given the large Puerto Rican population in the "The Big Apple."
"This is what I've been waiting for," Trout said during an interview with David Kassel. "The pressure is nothing I didn't expect, and I'm very excited to go in there and prove I belong there with the elite. … I don't think they thought I was as big as I am. I don't wanna say they're underestimating me because Cotto always trains hard for everyone, but when they took the fight, they might have been. I believe my footwork is superior, I will use my reach, I have a good jab as well, and I believe I'm stronger than they think."
Cotto looked reinvigorated during his May 5 fight against Floyd Mayweather (while Trout bored fans with his last performance against Delvin Rodriguez), so "Junito" has momentum on his side going into the fight. However, both men are evenly skilled, so it'll probably come down to who wants it more on Dec. 1.
Given how much both boxers have at stake, I expect fireworks when these two square up inside the ring.
Trout is less experienced than Cotto, but he's technically sound enough to hold his own against the well-tested veteran. While Trout is the bigger man, Cotto hits harder, so it'll be in his best interest to avoid wild exchanges.
If Austin sticks to his jab, and stays away from Cotto's power, he just might be able to keep his undefeated record intact.
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