Former junior middleweight titlist Austin Trout doesn’t think Miguel Cotto’s experience will be enough for him to overcome Canelo Alvarez.
The 34-year-old Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and 25-year-old Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) will battle at a maximum weight of 155 pounds on November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Trout (30-2, 17 KOs) won a unanimous decision versus Cotto in December 2012 and then lost a unanimous decision to Alvarez roughly five months later in April 2013.
“It’s going to be an exciting fight,” said Trout, 30, a New Mexican southpaw known for his defensive wizardry. “I think Cotto, his experience is going to give him a big edge, but I don’t know if it’s going to be a big enough edge. Canelo’s the first person to put me on the floor.”
Nicknamed “Junito,” Cotto most recently exited the squared circle on June 6 after recording a ferocious fourth round TKO over Australian Daniel Geale to successfully defend the WBC World middleweight belt. Meeting at a catchweight of 157 pounds, the 5-foot-7 Cotto manhandled the 5-foot-10 Geale (31-4, 16 KOs) from the outset and twice floored the drained challenger. Cotto expertly targeted Geale’s midsection and ended the mismatch with a sharp right hand. Geale, a former titleholder who possesses a 71-inch reach and was 5-1 in title scraps, indicated he was spent and referee Harvey Dock officially halted the beating at 1 minute, 28 seconds of the decisive frame.
Comparatively, approximately a month before Cotto battered Geale, Alvarez rendered James Kirkland unconscious in the third round to win their explosive junior middleweight clash on May 9. The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Alvarez badly bloodied the 5-foot-9, 155-pound Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs), earned three knockdowns, and finished the convicted felon at 2 minutes, 19 seconds of the conclusive stage.
Cotto, the first Puerto Rican to win world titles in four weight classes, has looked revitalized and competed with a noticeable confidence since partnering with decorated trainer Freddie Roach in the spring of 2013. Alvarez, a Mexican superstar who began boxing professionally at the absurd age of 15, will likely be favored over Cotto because the Puerto Rican icon is 10 years older and he has engaged in numerous bloodbaths. Still, although Alvarez was equally impressive versus the 31-year-old Kirkland, it’s hard to dismiss the rebirth Cotto has experienced with Roach in his corner.
Regardless of who emerges victorious, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez will give boxing fans an extremely “exciting fight” this autumn.