"No Doubt" Trout Beats Cotto at Madison Square Garden
By Danny Serratelli, ringside for Doghouse Boxing (Dec 4, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME)
Austin “No Doubt” Trout, 26-0, 14 KO’s, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, defended his WBA
Super welterweight title against Miguel Cotto, 37-4, 30 KO’s, of Caguas, Puerto
Rico winning a 12-round unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden on Saturday
night. On a sad day for Puerto Rican
boxing fans, Hector “Macho” Camacho was buried in the Bronx
earlier in the day and in the evening at the Garden there was a memorial
10-count for the “Macho Man”. The fans packed the house to see Cotto as well
rising Puerto Rican stars Jayson Velez, 20-0, 15 KO’s and Michael Angelo “The Artist”
Perez, 18-1-1, 10 KO’s who both scored impressive victories.
The crowd of 13,096 in attendance was less than what you
normally have at a Miguel Cotto fight at the Garden, however, there was no
doubt about who the crowd was there to support….and it wasn’t “No Doubt” Trout. What they witnessed was a good fight in
which Austin Trout put the rest of the division on notice and also let the
casual boxing fans get to see who he is and how he fights. It was an impressive
performance by Trout in which he handed Cotto his first loss at “The Mecca of
Boxing” where Cotto had been 7-0 prior to Saturday night.
Mexican WBC champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 41-0-1, 30 KO’s was
at the fight and there were rumors circulating that Cotto had been eyeing a
fight against Canelo to unify the titles in 2013, however Trout proved it was a
mistake to look past him. When the final
bell sounded the scores were 117-111 by both Steve Weisfeld and John Poturaj
while Adalaid Byrd had it 119-109 all for the winner. While the judges and many
people watching the bout on Showtime seemed to agree that Trout won the fight
pretty convincingly, the feeling in the Garden was that the fight was a littler
closer and that Cotto surely had won more than one round.
Trout said all the right things after the fight and as
impressive as he was in the ring, he was just as impressive in how he spoke and
conducted himself like gentleman and a true champion. "It's time to unify this division.
There's a lot of good fighters and a lot of champions and I want to be the
best…"To have my hand raised with a kingpin like Miguel Cotto is a dream
come true." the 27-year-old Trout said. "I've been preparing for this fight for my entire life,'…
"Fighting Miguel Cotto is a dream come true, it was the hardest fight of
my career." "I hope they bring me back to New
York," he said. "I love fighting in
Cotto, who has always been a gracious champion, seemed to
think he won the fight, when asked he said “If I agree or not, it doesn't
matter. You can ask the crowd, they're gonna tell you.” Cotto, who recently
turned 32 also said, “I'm happy, I’m
just a little disappointed with the decision. I have to continue, accept it and
move forward,” The show was promoted by his company Miguel Cotto Promotions in
association with Golden Boy Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.
Featherweight, Jayson Velez, 20-0, 15 KO’s, Juncos of Puerto
Rico remained undefeated when he knocked out Salvador Sanchez II, 30-5-3, 18
KO’s, the nephew of the great Mexican fighter Salvador Sanchez, in the third
Rising lightweight star, Michael Angelo, “The Artist” Perez
dropped his opponent Fernando Carcamo, 10-5, 7 KO’s in the first round and in
what developed into a crowd pleasing fight he was dropped in round two. Perez however composed himself and showed his
ability and experience he has and beat the capable and game Carcamo the rest of
the way t capture an 8 round unanimous decision and improve his record to 18-1-1, 10 KO’s. Scores were 77-23 twice and 78-71.
Super Middleweight, Danny Jacobs of Brookln, 24-1,21 KO’s
was impressive in a knockout victory over Chris Fitzpatrick of Cleveland, Ohio
who fell to 15-3, 6 KO’s.
Super welterweight, Jorge Melendez, 25-2-1, 23 KO’s also
fighting out of Puerto Rico stopped James Winchester, 15-7, 5 KO’s, of Greensboro North Carolina at 54 seconds of
round number 4.
Lightweight Jeffrey Fontanez 9-0, 7 KO’s who fights out of
Cotto’s hometown of Caguas, Puerto
Rico stopped Pedro Arcos, 12-3-1,
9 KO’s at 1:23 of round number 2.
Featherweight, Jorge Diaz, 17-1, 10 KO’s, fighting out of New
Brunswick, New Jersey won a
unanimous decision over Victor Sanchez, 3-5-1,
of Houston Texas. Diaz swept 60-53 on all three judges’
In a battle of undefeated super welterweights, Eddie Gomez,
12-0, 8 KO’s, fighting out of the Bronx won a unanimous decision over Luis
Hernandez, 9-1, 5 KO’s who was also fighting out of Puerto Rico. Scores were
59-54 twice and 58-55.
Newark New Jersey
middleweight, John Thompson, 10-0, 3 KO’s won a unanimous decision over Elie
Augustama, 6-6, 3 KO’s of Haiti.
Scores were 60 54 and 59-55 twice.
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