World title night at Madison Square Gardens as Cotto faces Trout

Updated: November 30, 2012

Miguel Cotto resumes his love affair with New York and Madison Square Gardens on Saturday, as he steps into the ring against little known but undefeated Austin Trout, looking to clinch his 5th world title. Cotto has fond memories from the venue having fought and won their on 7 occasions.

If Trout wishes to leave the ring with his WBA light middleweight on Saturday, he will have to put in the performance of his life against the Puerto Rican. Miguel Cotto is one of the most respected boxers in the world, and rightly so. He has fought countless renowned fighters, including the two most elite names in the sport, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, who cites Cotto as being his toughest opponent ever. While he was clearly off the mark with Pacquiao, his stellar performance against Mayweather solidified his place as a future Hall of Famer.

A brave, determined and highly skilled fighter, Miguel Cotto certainly deserves his place among boxing’s finest. He’s has plenty in his armory, using his fierce jab from the outside and masterful bodywork on the inside. Cotto is impressive as the aggressor, with great defensive qualities. His skill is equally matched by his outstanding character. This was clearly illustrated when he agreed to a rematch with Antonio Margarito in 2011, who had earned a highly controversial “win” over Cotto in 2008 due to illegally plaster-packed hands. Cotto brutalized Margarito the second time around and boxing fans across the world reveled in the fact that justice had been finally served. His record is impressive, 40 fights, 37 wins, 30 knockouts and only 3 losses coming at the hands of Pacquiao, Mayweather and Margarito.

Austin Trout is undefeated in 25 fights, is a southpaw hailing from Las Cruces, New Mexico. He earned his WBA title via a well-deserved win over Rigoberto Alvarez in Alvarez’s hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011. He is no stranger to hostile territory, earning many of his wins outside of the United States, however come Saturday night he could be out of his depth in all departments.