This past Saturday, in front of a not sold out crowd of 13,000 plus, Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto was defeated by Austin Trout in convincing fashion (119-109, 117-111, 117-111 on the judges cards). Cotto’s loss probably marks the end of him as a big time draw, though unfortunately in the crooked world of boxing, Cotto is still more likely to get a big money fight than Trout. This is unfortunate, because Trout is undefeated at 26-0 and he has defended his WBA Light Middleweight title 4 times now and at 27 years old, could be a star for years to come. So what is next for these two fighters who should be heading in different directions?
Word is that Cotto may lose out on the obvious prize, which was a big money fight against Mexico’s Saul Alvarez. Alvarez will likely push for a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr now instead of Cotto. One thing you can take to the bank – Alvarez will never in 100 million years fight Austin Trout.
The fact of the matter is, with Mayweather as mercurial as ever, the fight with Alvarez and Cotto is still a very real possibility. Cotto will likely resist calls for his retirement, electing to fade away like Shane Mosley did, fighting mainly as a doorman to the upper echelons with big paydays. With a huge ethnic Puerto Rican following, Cotto has headlined Madison Square Garden more than half a dozen times. Trout, despite the big win, does not have any of those advantages on his resume.
What is next on the horizon for Trout is unclear. This is probably as low as he can go in terms of weight, and in the past he has fought as big as 168 lbs.
Trout just won a fight that should be a career game changer, but in the twisted world of boxing that is unlikely to happen anytime soon. He might as well put his hard hat on and prepare to prove himself again. A match between Trout and once beaten prospect James Kirkland would be intriguing for boxing purists. And right now, Trout’s credentials only really count with those types….