MANILA, Philippines – On December 1 at the Madison Square Garden, one of Austin Trout’s dreams will come true as he finally gets to fight Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto in a bout for the WBA light-middleweight championship.
Trout, who is undefeated with 25 wins, told RingTV that as a child, he dreamed of fighting some of the top boxers in the world, including Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Roy Jones Jr.
“I even go back and visualize me beating Sugar Ray Leonard or even Pernell Whitaker in good fashion, to name a few,” Trout told Lem Satterfield. “There are many though.”
“I have a big list of fighters that I really admire, and Miguel Cotto is on that list,” he revealed.
Trout also said that in his “daydream about Cotto,” his victory will come in the most sensational way possible – by knockout.
“It’s a hard, tough fight for a while, but you know, I come out in the later rounds, pull ahead to get that KO victory,” Trout said.
“Either way, my hands are raised, whether it’s by a decision or a knockout. You know, my visualization is with my hands raised,” he added
Although he is the defending champion, Trout will be at a disadvantage as Madison Square Garden is generally considered as Cotto’s territory.
But he insists that he is not concerned bout fighting in “hostile territory.”
“This is not my first time doing this... Really, the crowd can do only one thing, and that’s to make noise. They can’t help him get up, they can’t help him to punch harder, and they can’t help to punch faster,” Trout pointed out.
“My preparation now, the only thing that I’m focused on, is Miguel Cotto in that ring. When I walk in to that ring, my whole thing is to shut the crowd up,” he added.
Trout emphasized that he respected the Puerto Rican fan base, but vows not to be affected.
“I’m not going to give them anything to cheer about. My whole goal is to get the entire crowd to be quiet... I’m not going to let the crowd or Miguel Cotto be in my way,” he said.