BROOKLYN — WBA “regular” junior middleweight beltholder Austin Trout and recently retired Hall of Fame referee Joe Cortez will be working as ringside commentators for Saturday night’s Showtime-televised championship quadruple-header at Barclays Center.
Trout and Cortez will join host Brian Kenny as well as announcers Mauro Ranallo (blow-by-blow) and Al Bernstein (color commentary) as well as ringside reporter Jim Gray working a stacked, nine-fight card that is headline by a rematch between RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight champ Danny Garcia and four-division title-winner Erik Morales.
Trout (25-0, 14 knockouts), a 27-year-old southpaw from Las Cruces, New Mexico, is doing so in advance of his defense against three-division title-winner Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs), whom he will face in a Showtime-televised fight on Dec. 1 from New York’s Madison Square Garden where the Puerto Rican challenger never has lost.
Malignaggi served in a similar role as Trout last month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where he called the Showtime-televised card whose main event as WBC junior middleweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez scored three knockdowns on the way to a fifth-round knockout over Josesito Lopez.
“They told me about it about a week ago. I’m excited. I really wanted to have some kind of audition for something like this,” who is coming off a unanimous decision over Delvin Rodriguez in June that followed a Showtime-televised sixth-round stoppage of Frank LoPorto last November.
“I feel like I can really be good as a commentator. Not that I have a lot of experience. I’ve only done it once. But I feel like I have a natural knack for it.”
Cortiz worked his last fight when Alvarez vanquished Lopez.
“This is exciting for me, from a referee’s perspective. I can call the shots. I know what these referees are thinking about and what they should be doing because I’ve done it for 35 years myself,” said Cortez.
“Plus, being an ex-fighter, that makes it that much easier. It’s like having gone to school for 35 years to prepare for my next career.”
Photo by Tom Casino, Showtime
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