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Q&A: Rodriguez says Cotto will be 'easier' than Wolak
Junior middleweight contender Delvin Rodriguez lists cutting his opponents among his specialties, and says that against Miguel Cotto "it's going to definitely happen ... As soon as I hit him good, he's going to cut."
Trout is the last man to have vanquished Cotto and Rodriguez, both by unanimous decision, before falling the same way to Canelo Alvarez in April.
"I would say that Rodriguez is awkward, but I guess Cotto has had more success. So it's sort of a toss-up to me. I'm tempted to go with Cotto, but Rodriguez has been on a streak," said Trout.
Cotto (37-4, 30 knockouts), who turns 33 on Oct. 29, also lost by unanimous decision against Floyd Mayweather Jr. prior to facing Trout. His last victory was in December of 2011, a 10th-round stoppage of Antonio Margarito.
A 33-year-old resident of Danbury, Conn., born in the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez (28-6-3, 16 KOs) has won two straight by knockout since falling to Trout. He knocked out previously unbeaten George Tahdooahnippah in the sixth round, and Freddy Hernandez in the eighth.
Rodriguez also fought a fight-of-the-year candidate brawl with Pawel Wolak that ended in a draw, then won the rematch by unanimous decision, in 2011.
He spoke to RingTV.com concerning the Cotto fight, which will be broadcast on HBO:
RingTV.com: Can you gain anything from the comparisons between your fight with Trout and Cotto's figth with Trout?
RingTV.com: Although you are the older fighter by just a bit, do you feel that you or Cotto have endured the most damage in terms of wear and tear in the ring?
Not even close to something like that. Each fight that I've lost had been a close decision or a bad decision. Nothing to the point where I was beat up or cut badly or anything like that.
RingTV.com: Do you believe that Cotto's past facial damage will be a factor in this fight, and, perhaps, your strategy?
RingTV.com: Given Cotto's past, and Cotto's popularity in Florida, do you expect the referee to stop the fight on cuts?
RingTV.com: Do you see any potential similarities between your fights with Wolak and this one?
DR: To be honest, this fight, I think I'm going to make it easier than I did in the second fight with Pawel Wolak. Pawel Wolak didn't have the same experience that Miguel Cotto has.
That's the difference. Miguel Cotto is on a totally different level, but I think that Cotto is going to try to put on as much pressure as Pawel Wolak did.
But Cotto's going to give me more time to think, and more room to counter and to throw combinations. So I think that it's going to be a little bit different.
But I think that it's going to be easier for me to give him different angles and to throw different combinations and to be more active. I'm going to have more time to be effective with my combinations and punches.
RingTV.com: Are you concerned about your ability to win a decision?
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