MANILA, Philippines – Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto will take some time to think about his future in boxing after suffering his second consecutive defeat against unbeaten American Austin Trout at the Madison Square Garden last Saturday.
Cotto was favored against Trout and was counting on having the ‘homecourt advantage’ at the Garden, as the Puerto Rican has won all of his previous seven fights in the famous venue.
But Trout outworked and outboxed Cotto for most of the 12 rounds, and used his physical strength to rough up the Puerto Rican towards the end of the fight. He won with scores of 117-110, 117-110, and 119-109.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Cotto said he had trouble with Trout’s southpaw style.
“He’s a southpaw, so it was a very difficult fight,” said the Puerto Rican. “But I feel I did my job. I’m satisfied with the job I did tonight.”
Cotto said he will “go back to Puert Rico and think” about his future plans, but did not go into detail.
“It was a great fight,” he said. “We fought until the end.”
He also thanked the fans inside the Madison Square Garden who cheered for him throughout the match and booed Trout loudly when the American made his entrance.
“I’m really thankful for all my fans who were here to support me tonight. There’s no place like fighting in MSG,” he said.