Austin Trout told us he'd have to knock out Miguel Cotto to ensure a win in the main event on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Turns out he just needed to box smartly and use his mobility and superior athleticism to get the better of Cotto, now 7-1 at MSG.
The judges, all credit to them, didn't let Cotto's status in New York influence them; they scored it 119-109, 117-111, 117-111 for Trout, a New Mexico boxer who defended his WBA 154-pound crown.
A gig with Canelo Alvarez, the Mexican phenom, might have gone down the tubes for Cotto. He looked all of his 32 years, and we will wonder how much of that was due to Trout's solid game plan.
"Fighting a guy like Miguel Cotto is a dream come true for a guy like me," Trout said.
He said he had to show Cotto he was the bigger guy. He said he knew the rounds were close, but he believed he won them.
Trout landed 238 of 779 punches compared to 183 of 628 for Cotto.