Was this the final fight for Miguel Cotto?
Austin Trout delivered an outstanding performance on his way to retaining his WBA “regular” 154-pound title by defeating Miguel Cotto with a unanimous decision on Saturday in New York City.
Although one judge had given only one round to Cotto, the fight was a little closer than that. But there is no doubt that Trout (26-0, 14 knockouts) took everything that Cotto was able to deliver and punished the three-division titleholder with strong, effective punches, cutting off the ring and counter punching.
After the bout, when Showtime commentator Jim Gray asked battered but unbowed Puerto Rican star if he would fight again, Cotto’s reply was a tentative “probably.”
Trout’s victory moved him from No. 9 in THE RING’s junior middleweight rankings to No. 3. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. remained No. 1. Saul Alvarez moved to No. 2 and Cotto dropped to No. 4; followed by:
No. 5 Erislandy Lara
No. 6 Vanes Martrosyan
No. 7 Carlos Molina
No. 8 James Kirkland
No. 9 Cornelius Brundage
No. 10 Zaurbek Baysangurov
At heavyweight, undefeated 2008 Olympic bronze medalist David Price looked good stopping Matt Skelton in two rounds on Saturday in Liverpool, England, however, Tyson Fury, who soundly outpointed Kevin Johnson over 12 rounds in Belfast, still remains in THE RING’s top 10 rankings. Fury (20-0, 14 KOs) is still a bit more advanced than his fellow British heavyweight standout given the quality of his opposition, but Price is getting close to a top-10 ranking.
Given the extent of the injuries Joan Guzman suffered in his technical decision loss to Khabib Allakhverdiev, he was dropped from the junior welterweight rankings and was replaced at No. 10 by Denis Shafikov (31-0-1, 17 KOs).
There were no other changes in THE RING ratings this week.