“It's gonna hit me probably tomorrow, or three days from now. Who knows?” - Austin Trout 12.1.12
This is what's beautiful about boxing: an unknown fighter can go from rags to riches in the matter of minutes. Just take a look at WBA Light Middleweight titlist Austin Trout (26-0, 14KOs).
In front of the wild Madison Square Garden crowd of mostly Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30KOs) fans, Trout did just that.
The 27-year old New Mexico native used precise straight left hands and a world-class jab to defeat the former three-division titleholder who was a perfect 7-0 in MSG appearances before the clash.
This was a shockingly completive fight that fell short a few bombs of being an all out war. But hey, I'm not complaining. Both men delivered stellar performances on fight night but it was Trout who walked away with his hand raised much to the chagrin of the loud Puerto Rican crowd.
Two of the scorecards had it 117-111 to go with a strange 119-109 on the third card.
“I'm numb, I don't feel anything right now,” said Trout who came in as a three-to-one underdog.
The first half of the fight was highly-competitive as both men worked behind the jab. Cotto controlled most of the action with his heavy left hook and ruthless body work. Trout came in looking like the much bigger man and that size ultimately proved to be Cotto's downfall.
Each time Cotto attempted to engage on the inside, Trout would either throw a check right hook and push his opponent back or he would backup and deliver a varied attack that included straight left hands to the head and body. As the fight went on you could see Trout becoming more comfortable and confident about the task at hand.
“Fighting here, I was never comfortable because you never know what the judges are thinking,” said Trout's trainer Louie Burke. “I thought we were winning, but there were times where Cotto had a good flurry and I didn't know if those were enough to win him the round or not.”
Trout says he wants to unify all of the 154-pound title belts starting with the WBC belt. The only problem is Canelo Alvarez is the one who holds it.
"'Canelo' should be next,” said Trout, who won the WBA title by defeating Alvarez's older brother Rigoberto. “He wants to fight May 5. I'd even take a fight in February, then come back in May.”
That will be a tough fight for both parties if the bout is made, but just looking at it on paper, I'd have to give the slight advantage to Alvarez. However, you can never underestimate a fighter who went from virtually no notoriety to king of the hill in one night, as Trout has.
The most dangerous fighters are the most hungry and Austin Trout is asking for seconds.
Zachary Hutton is the lead boxing writer and an NFL contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can see what he's up to at his band's website myunclethewolf.com or also subscribe at Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.
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