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Advisor says Trout will stop Cotto
Sam Watson likes Austin Trout's chances against Cotto, saying that Trout is "gonna just tear his ass up."
NEW YORK -- Boxing advisor to the stars, Al Haymon, is known for rarely making public appearances and for not doing interviews.
Sam Watson, Haymon's right hand man, is often seen but scarcely heard from.
But Watson was out front and did not mince words during Thursday's open workout at New York's Trinity Boxing Club for undefeated southpaw WBA junior middleweight titleholder Austin Trout when asked about Trout's chances of upsetting four-time, three-division titlewinner Miguel Cotto on Saturday night on Showtime from New York's Madision Square Garden, where the Puerto Rican challenger is 7-0 with four knockouts.
"All he wanted was an opportunity, and he got what he wanted. An opportunity. And yeah, you can quote me, he's gonna whip his ass. Ninth or 10th round, you'll see he's stronger, he's young, he's hungry. He's been waiting on this for a long time, man. When that phone call came, that man was so happy, it was like, 'yes, I want' Cotto.' It wasn't no, 'I don't know if I can do it,'" said Watson.
A victory by Trout (25-0, 14 knockouts) would end domination by Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) at The Garden that includes knockouts over Antonio Margarito, and Zab Judah, and decisions over Shane Mosley, Joshua Clottey and Paulie Malignaggi.
"I have to show you who Austin Trout is when we get in the ring with an elite, and that I can beat anybody, when I'm on my 'A' game. I'm going to prove that on Saturday night. I have no worries," said Trout, a 27-year-old resident of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
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A father of three with a toothy smile who with plans to marry Taylor Hardardt on April 20, Trout is hopeful of delivering the sort of performance that draws fans.
"To know me is to love me, and all that I needed was for people to get to know who Austin Trout was. This is a great way to do it. I think that I'm one of those true, blue American kids, you know?" said Trout.
"I'm a very down-to-earth, very humble person. A lot of people can relate to me, and I don't feel like it should be hard to get behind me. Everyone wants to get behind a winner. So, it should be even easier to get behind Austin Trout once he takes down the titan, Miguel Cotto."
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Not only does Trout stand nearly 5-foot-10 to Cotto's 5-7, but he expects to put on weight after Friday's weigh-in, which will be streamed live on sports.sho.com/live from the Affinia Hotel directly across from The Garden.
"I'll probably be at 170 coming into that ring, man. But I'm not killing myself. It's probably only about a pound I've got to take off or so," said Trout.
"I'll just be a lot bigger than him. I'm about a pound off. My weights good. I'm feeling good. The only thing left to do is to just jump on that scale, and then, jump in Cotto's ass on Saturday."'
Puerto Rican junior lightweight prospect Jayson Velez (19-0, 14 KOs) will appear on the Cotto-Trout undercard opposite Salvador "Sal II" Sanchez II (30-4-3, 18 KO's), of Tianguistenco, Mex., and middleweight contender Danny Jacobs (23-1, 20 KOs), of Brooklyn, will face Chris "The Irish Ghost" Fitzpatrick (15-2, 6 KO's), of Cleveland.
Also, hard-punching junior middleweight Jorge Melendez (24-2, 23 KOs), of Manati, Puerto Rico, will be after his fourth straight knockout against North Carolina's James Winchester (15-6, 5 KOs), as will junior lightweight Jeffrey Fontanez (8-0, 7 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico opposite Pedro Arcos (12-2-1, 9 KOs), of Tijuana, Mex.
Lightweight Michael Perez (17-1-1, 10 KOs), of Newark, N.J., will take on Fernando Carcamo (10-4, 7 KOs), of Obregon, Mex., and featherweight Jorge Diaz (16-1, 10 KOs), of New Brunswick, N.J., will meet Houston's Victor Sanchez (3-4-1).
Trout hopes to duplicate the effort of southpaw former titleholder DeMarcus Corley, who was successful in landing a number of left-crosses and right hands after being dropped in first round of Cotto's fiifth-round knockout victory in February of 2005 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
While calling Cotto-Corley for HBO, the late Hall of Fame trainer, Emanuel "Manny" Steward noted there was "a great left hand coming back by DeMarcus Corley," adding, "he's landing a lot of clean punches tonight, and I think if he was about 10 pounds heavier, I think that Cotto would maybe be in trouble."
Seconds after Steward made his comments, Corley wobbled Cotto with a third-round right hook, forcing Cotto to stumble and hold on. Although Corley couldn't finish off Cotto, HBO's Larry Merchant, sitting at ringside, scored the third round in Corley's favor, 10-8.
After watching Corley take a knee for the second time in the final round, referee Ismael Quinones Falu abruptly waved an end to the fight -- a scenario Merchant called, "a home town stoppage. A disgrace. An absolute disgrace."
"I thought I was being smart in the fight. Cotto threw a combination and I took a knee to avoid being in danger because he had hit me on the hip with a right hook to the body. I took to the knee, and the referee stopped the fight," said Corley, 38, who is in New York to watch Cotto-Trout.
"The game plan was to take Cotto into the later rounds and to break him down. We knew he was bigger than us, about two weight classes higher. I weighed 137 for that fight, Cotto weighed 140. Come fight night, Cotto out-weighed me by at least 16 pounds,"
Can Trout finish where Corley did not?
"We have to see if Trout is strong enough to take Cotto's punching power, and we'll see if Trout will be able to hurt Cotto. We know that Cotto can take a punch, and that he can be hurt. But we'll also find out out if Trout can take a punch. I have never seen Trout hurt, but the blue print would be to box Cotto and don't bang with him," said Corley.
"Because Cotto is coming straight forward, and he's going to attack the body very hard, he's going to try to end the fight by knockout. I think that it will be important for Trout to establish his jab from the beginning of the fight, work off his jab, use lateral movement, circle and make Cotto turn. Because if he sits in front of Cotto and lets Cotto get off to the body and finish to the head, the fight will be short in favor of Miguel Cotto."
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