When Miguel Angel Cotto (37-3) squares off against Austin “No Doubt” Trout (25-0) Saturday night in Madison Square Garden for Trout’s WBA Title, the boxing world will be ready for a heavyweight brawl in the light middleweight division.
This is the kind of boxing match even the most casual fan won’t want to miss.
Cotto is trying to mount a comeback in the boxing community after two tough losses to legends Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, and Trout is a younger fighter trying to get the definitive win that would send him into the upper echelon.
On Saturday night, something has to give.
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City
When: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 9 p.m. ET
Watch: Showtime (premium channel)
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Cotto’s Key to Victory: Keep Trout Guessing
Cotto is fighting for his boxing life right now. With two chances at glory thwarted, the 32-year-old ring veteran knows that if he ever wants another chance to go down in history, he must defeat Trout Saturday.
Trout has the definitive size advantage, but Cotto has stood toe-to-toe with the best and knows how to use his in-ring tactics to outmaneuver his opponent.
Junito must keep Trout guessing all night.
With a mixture of punches coming from all different angles, Cotto must use the entire ring and force Trout out of his comfort zone. The lack of predictability in Cotto’s attacks will have the young champion on his heels and Junito on the attack.
Trout’s Key to Victory: Use the Size Advantage
While Cotto has the experience of being in the ring with some of the best, it's Trout with the definitive size advantage in this battle. At 5’10”, the WBA champion is three inches taller than Cotto.
While that doesn’t sound like much, in boxing that’s night and day.
Add in Trout’s reach advantage and southpaw stance, and there is little doubt that this will be one of the toughest tests of Cotto’s career.
As long as Trout can stick to the game plan and keep Cotto outside where his reach advantage can be exploited, the champion has a good chance at retaining his title.
Prediction: Cotto Wins via Unanimous Decision
After a hard-fought battle that will go the distance, it will be Cotto that stands tall at the end of the fight as the new WBA Light Middleweight Champion.
While boxing fans will be looking for the knockout punch, both of these fighters are too tough to go down in this momentous of a fight.
With 12 long rounds in the books, the judges will make the call and hand the unanimous win to Cotto.