MANILA, Philippines – World light-middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout is confident of victory against Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto in their December 1 clash at the Madison Square Garden.
Trout, who is undefeated through 25 professional fights with 14 knockouts, told Boxing Scene that Cotto’s time as one of the boxers in the world is over.
“I think Cotto has had his time, and he did good with his time, but now, it’s my time,” said the 27-year-old American.
Trout said that as a boxing fan, he has watched a lot of Cotto’s fights but he now has a different motivation for looking through the Puerto Rican’s matches.
“To be honest, I’ve been watching Miguel Cotto for a long time. First of all, I’m a boxing fan so I’ve watched a lot of him,” he said.
“Now, it’s different when I watch him. I’m like, ‘Okay, what do I have to do to neutralize that?’” Trout added.
Trout believes that Cotto’s prime came when he was campaigning at 140-pounds. “I think there he was in his prime – when he used to destroy his opponents,” he said.
“Now he fights very different than he did at 140,” Trout said, adding that Cotto’s coach, Pedro Diaz, has changed the fighter’s style.
“Now Miguel boxes more, moves a lot more than he did. He used to stalk people down and destroy them,” he said.
Trout’s World Boxing Association light-middleweight title will be on the line against Cotto, who is coming off a loss against unbeaten American fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May 5.