Austin Trout remains confident in his chances of pulling the upset against Miguel Cotto when they meet on December 1 at Madison Square Garden:
"I feel great, I'm still training hard and ready to beat Cotto on December 1. I have great respect for Cotto, but it's my time to be the next superstar in boxing."
Trout (25-0, 14 KO) is the bigger man against Cotto (37-3, 30 KO), but is being looked at as the underdog anyway, and rightfully so, really. Cotto, 32, is smaller, older, and has more miles on him, but he's still a top fighter, and his list of achievements are far greater than Trout's. Even if you just compare their resumes at 154 pounds, Cotto is right there with Trout -- his wins over Yuri Foreman and shot versions of Ricardo Mayorga and Antonio Margarito (game, yes, because they're both crazy, but shot) stack up well to what Trout, 27, has done at the weight.
It's an interesting fight, which I say every time I talk about it, I think, because it feels like it's still flying under the radar a bit. Nobody's really talking about it like it's a fight worth anticipating, but I think there are a lot of wrinkles here that could turn this one into a very close, very competitive affair, and that's with all due respect for who Miguel Cotto still is in the ring. Trout may not be the most exciting fighter in the world, and maybe he'll never be elite, but he's no pushover, and he's got physical advantages in this matchup.