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Five keys for Austin Trout

Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KO) will defend his junior middleweight title against Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto on Saturday in New York (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET).

Born in Las Cruces, N.M., Trout is a lesser-known champion who has yet to face any of the bigger names in his division. Still, he's considered a solid fighter, one who possesses good technique and height. Fighting Cotto (37-3, 30 KO) will be the most important moment of his career to date, and he'll surely be motivated to fight on the big stage of Madison Square Garden and legitimize his belt against an icon.

Here are five keys for Trout against Cotto:

Reach and jab

Surprise!

Persona non grata

Motiv-action

Punches in bunches

Bernardo Pilatti is a contributor to ESPNdeportes.com.