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Q&A Trout: Cotto is 'perfect fight for me'
Undefeated junior middleweight contender Austin Trout on fighting Miguel Cotto: "I'm sure that there are people out there who are thinking that I'm not ready, and that I'm not deserving, but that's just extra motivation for me."
But on Dec. 1, undefeated junior middleweight contender Austin Trout will be looking to change that.
Cotto (37-3, 30 knockouts) will meet Trout at The Garden, where the Puerto Rican fighter is 7-0 with four knockouts. Cotto, who turns 32 in October, is 9-0 overall with five stoppage wins in New York.
By the time Cotto enters the ring opposite Trout, it will have been nearly a year to the day since Cotto scored his third straight stoppage victory over Margarito on Dec. 3 -- also at The Garden -- to avenge the first loss of his career.
Cotto is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., who added Cotto's WBA junior middleweight to his WBC welterweight title, in May.
A southpaw who lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) was chosen by Cotto over a potential rematch with former foe Manny Pacquiao.
Having been considered for bouts opposite WBC and IBF beltholders Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Cornelius Bundrage as well as fellow leftie Erislandy Lara, Trout admits to being "shocked" by Cotto's decision.
Coming off a unanimous decision over Delvin Rodriguez in June that followed a Showtime-televised sixth-round stoppage of Frank LoPorto last November, Trout, who turns 27 on Sept. 18, spoke to RingTV.com regarding what is unquestionably the biggest fight of his still-young career.
RingTV.com: So how do you feel about getting the Cotto fight?
Austin Trout: Man, you have no idea. This is the perfect fight for me. I'm the underdog. You know, I've always fought better when I've been the underdog. I mean, that's exactly what I am. I'm going into his backyard.
I respect his record. I need this kind of respected caliber fighter. With me, people are still on the fence. I need to show people the kind of performance that I know I'm more than capable of delivering on Dec. 1.
Now, I have the shot that I wanted. I can't wait to remove that doubt from people's hearts. This taking nothing away from Miguel Cotto. I mean, he's still a great fighter. He is just coming off of two, really impressive performances.
He just had one where he stopped Antonio Margarito, and he just had the decision loss to Floyd. So I don't want to hear any excuses when I beat Migel Cotto, you know what I mean?
RingTV.com: Were you surprised at how this came together for you and to get the call?
I thought he was I was going to get an Erislandy Lara or something along those lines. But to get a top dude like Miguel Cotto, man, that's the leap that I need.
I was prepared to take it up a notch already, but now, to have the opportunity to make a jump like this, I'm just so excited. Like I've said before. I want to say thank you to Miguel Cotto, and I really appreciate the opportunity.
MIGUEL COTTO'S FIGHTS IN NEW YORK:
Waklimi Young, UD 4, Hammerstein Ballroom, April 28, 2001
Muhammad Abdulaev, TKO 9, Madison Square Garden, June 11, 2005
Paulie Malignaggi, UD 12, Madison Square Garden, June 10, 2006
Zab Judah, TKO 11, Madison Square Garden, June 9, 2007
Shane Mosley, UD 12, Madison Square Garden, Nov. 10, 2007
Michael Jennings, TKO 5, Madison Square Garden, February 21, 2009
Joshua Clottey, SD 12, Madison Square Garden, June 13, 2009
Yuri Foreman, TKO 9, Yankee Stadium, June 5, 2010
Antonio Margarito, TKO 10, Madison Square Garden, Dec. 3, 2011
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
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