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By Media Report on Doghouse Boxing (Dec 2, 2012) Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
Austin Trout defeated
Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto and defended his WBA Super Welterweight championship with a unanimous decision
in front of 13,096 at New York ’s famed
in the main event of Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
In a fight that was closer than the 117-11 (twice) and
119-109 judges’ scorecards indicated, Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) handed
Cotto his first loss at the Mecca of Boxing and in
New York . Entering the fight, Cotto
was 7-0 at MSG and was fighting in his 21st consecutive world title
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In a competitive fight with a little of everything –
solid boxing, inside action and back-and-forth momentum swings – Trout
scored the biggest win of his career despite a hostile and vocal crowd.
Trout, of Las Cruces ,
N.M. , came out strong and established his
jab early in the fight, but Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) came back in the middle
rounds and was able to get inside with his power punches. Trout came
back, dominated the championship rounds and surprised the pro-Cotto crowd with
his power and aggressive game plan.
“Miguel Cotto is a great champion,” said
Trout. “He’s a great fighter and it was an honor to be in the
same ring as him. It’s even more of an honor to be the man to beat
him. To have my hand raised against a kingpin like Miguel Cotto is a
dream come true.
“Those shots that Cotto hit me with were strong and I
knew he’d be strong, but it reconfirmed that take those shots. It
was definitely the hardest fight of my career and when you fight someone as big
as Miguel Cotto, it motivated me.
SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray asked Trout if he wanted to fight
154-pound champ Canelo Alvarez, who Cotto was scheduled to face had he dethroned
“Give me Canelo - it’s time to unify this
division” Trout said. “There are a lot of good fighters out
there and I want to be the best.”
When asked by Gray what he thought went wrong in the fight
and if he agreed with the scorecards, Cotto simply replied, “Ask the
In the 236th world title bout at MSG, Cotto was
aiming to ruin the perfect record of an opponent for the sixth time in his
career, but the three-division champ wasn’t able to hurt the younger,
bigger, undefeated titlist.
“I’m satisfied with the job I did
tonight,” Cotto said. “I’ll go back to
Puerto Rico and think. He came at me with both
hands and it was a great fight. He fought until the end. I’m
really thankful for all of my fans who were here to supported me tonight.
There’s nothing like fighting at
In the co-featured bout, undefeated prospect Jayson Velez
made a statement for a world title shot with an impressive third round knockout
of Salvador Sanchez II, the 15th of his career.
The Puerto Rican Velez unleashed an onslaught of punches on
Sanchez II in the second, who displayed a strong chin but was knocked down in
the final seconds of the round as Velez (20-0, 15 KO’s) continued to land
punishing blows. Sanchez II (30-5-3, 18 KO’s), who was wearing the
trunks of his legendary uncle, Mexican Salvador Sanchez, was knocked down again
to open the third, got up, but the constant and damaging punches continued and
the referee stopped the bout at 0:38.
“It was easier than I thought,” Velez
said. “I thought it would be a little more difficult. I was
connecting so easily. This is a very exciting moment for me.
I’ve been waiting for this my whole life.”
In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING opener,
Brooklyn ’s Danny Jacobs thoroughly dominated Chris
Fitzpatrick en route to a technical knockout victory. Jacobs (24-1, 21
KO’s), who won every round, assaulted Fitzpatrick with a barrage of
punches to close out the fifth, and Fitzpatrick quit on his stool following the
“I felt pretty good today. I wanted to take my
time. I heard a few boos, but I hope the crowd appreciates it.
I’m satisfied. I let my hands go. I’m just glad that I
got five rounds to get the rust out. I’m back as a contender.
We don’t want to jump the gun, but I think I’m back.
Fitzpatrick (15-3, 6 KO’s), of Cleveland, Ohio, was
cut on the top of his head by a clash of heads to open the third round from an
accidental head butt. The sight of blood seemed the energize Jacobs, who
fought aggressively and dominated the remainder of the bout.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING host Brian Kenny interviewed Unified Super Lightweight World
Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia during the telecast. It was announced on Saturday at a press conference
in New York that Garcia will defend his titles against former Two-Division
World Champion Zab “Super” Judah on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
Saturday’s press conference turned into a brawl when Garcia’s
father, Angel, stated that his son would knock out the Brooklyn
took offense and the fighters and their camps had to be separated.
“Zab’s a crafty fighter, but I’m on top of
my game and I’m ready to perform on February 9th,” Garcia
said during the telecast. “It’s crazy because all the guys I
grew up watching I’m fighting now. It’s a blessing to be in
the ring with these guys and I’m taking over.
“My dad was just stating true facts. Every time
he [Judah] took a tough fight, he failed. Zab got mad, it broke out and
there was a little riot at the press conference. My dad motivates me, he
talks crap and I got to go back it up. If a fight breaks out, then I got
Tonight’s fights will replay on SHOWTIME EXTREME on
Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and will be available On Demand beginning
Tuesday, Dec. 4. .
Kenny served as
host of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING with Mauro
Ranallo calling the action, Al
Bernstein and Paulie Malignaggi serving as expert analysts with Jim Gray reporting. David Dinkins Jr. was the Executive Producer with Bob Dunphy directing.
ABOUT “SHOWDOWN: COTTO VS. TROUT
“Cotto vs. Trout”
was a 12-round battle between Four-Time and Three-Division World Champion Miguel
Cotto and undefeated WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Austin Trout that
took place on Saturday, December 1 at Madison
in New York City .
The co-featured fights saw Jayson Velez take on Salvador Sanchez in a 10-round
fight for the vacant WBC Silver Featherweight title and Danny “Miracle
Man” Jacobs battle Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick in an
eight-round middleweight fight. The event was promoted by Miguel Cotto
Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions,
sponsored by The Puerto Rican Tourism Board and
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