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Trout Outpoints Cotto at MSG

By December 2, 2012

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WBA super welterweight champ Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KOs) remained undefeated by doing something no one else had ever done -- beat Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden. Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs) came into the bout a betting favorite to extend his career record of 7-0 at MSG.

Trout, however, never let Cotto seize control of the fight. The Showtime announcers called the fight as if it could have gone either way but it would have been a robbery if Austin was denied the win. The relatively unknown 27-year-old from New Mexico consistently outworked and outlanded Cotto, who - as always - applied pressure throughout and never stopped trying to punish Austin. Trout finished strongly in rounds eleven and twelve and the judges - to their credit - scored the fight that took place in the ring and were not influenced by the pro-Cotto crowd. Scores were 119-019 and 117-111 twice.

Punch Stats: Total Punches: Trout - 238 of 779 (31%); Cotto - 183 of 628 (29%). Jabs: Trout - 46 of 349 (13%); Cotto - 29 of 175 (17%). Power Punches: Trout - 192 of 430 (45%); Cotto - 154 of 453 (34%).

A win for Cotto - an old 32 - would have set up a big money fight with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. Now that opportunity may go to Austin -- he certainly earned it.

Comments

December 8, 2012 at 10:12 am
(1) Truesport says:

This was a very close fight. Seriously think the judges need to go back to school. Saying this was 117-110 like they did is the same lousy scoring that was shown on Mayweather vs Cotto. Both times both fighters admitted to a very close fight. Both admitted to the fight possibly going either way. Yet the judges had them blow outs. Anyone who scored the fight knows rounds 1 & 2 to Trout, 3-7 went to Cotto , 8 & 9 Trout, Cotto 10 Trout 11 & 12. Even ringside announcers had it 115-113 Trout, Another had it 115-113 Cotto and one had it 114-114. . I had it scored 114-114 a draw. I felt Trout came out strong, Cotto in the middle easily and then Trout towards the back end of the fight. Rediculous how scoring is lately.

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