Miguel Cotto (37-4-0, 30 KOs) took a big risk when he agreed to fight undefeated Austin Trout (26-0-0, 14 KOs), and the move ended up coming back to haunt him.
Cotto — who was at the top of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’ list of potential opponents — ended up losing a unanimous decision to Trout on Dec. 1, diminishing the appeal of a Cotto-Canelo bout.
Some boxing fans seem to think the loss against Trout is a sign Cotto needs to hang up his gloves, but the Puerto Rican feels he still has plenty of fight left in him.
“I’m not finished yet,” Cotto said after the fight, per Boxingscene.com. “I still have boxing in my mind. I just want to rest with my family the rest of the year. I never make excuses. I accept my defeats and I learn from them and I just move forward.”
Miguel definitely doesn’t have any reason to be ashamed of his performance against Trout, considering the fact the fight was still even on many scorecards at the halfway point. Trout simply emerged as the better boxer, and his size and reach advantage also made things easier for “No Doubt,” who made it clear that he’s indeed a force to be reckoned with in the light-middleweight division.
With the solid numbers Canelo put up during his last fight against Josesito Lopez (1.036 million viewers and $1.618 million gate), it’s clear boxing fans enjoy watching the 22-year old fight, regardless of who his opponent is.
Given his victory against Cotto, Trout seems to be the most logical next opponent for Canelo, but things are a lot more complicated than they seem. Trout has established himself as a dangerous light-middleweight, but he isn’t exactly a big draw. Given how things turned out for Cotto on Saturday, other big names like Canelo won’t be rushing to face him.
Cotto’s still has a decent chance of being Canelo’s next opponent, as Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer is still interested in the matchup. Cotto is certainly the safest opponent for Canelo right now, and it’ll be interesting to see if Alvarez goes for the easier matchup or takes his chances against Trout.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner that has watched and studied MMA for the past 7 years. Follow him on Twitter @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.
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