01 December 2012, 23:59:00
Though it was far from a classic, American Austin Trout kept his unbeaten record alive against a very tough opponent in Miguel Cotto.
The American took a comfortable unanimous decision over the Puerto Rican challenger, although the scorecards appeared to be quite hard on Cotto, reading 117 - 111, 117 - 111, 119 - 109. Paulie Malignaggi, who was commentating for American broadcaster Showtime critiicsed the margin of points post-fight, claiming that the rounds had, in fact, been much closer than the scorecards indicated.
The win was as important for Trout as it was damaging for Cotto. During his 18 months as WBA World Light-Middleweight champion, the only real criticism one could level at Trout was that he had yet to be tested against a World class opponent.
Trout can well and truly put that question to bed should he fight the hugely impressive Saul "Canelo" Alvarez next. The unbeaten Mexican was in the Madison Square Gardens crowd, and was on hand to hear Trout call him out in what would be a mouthwatering 2013 bout.
Without question, this is a huge WBA World Light-Middleweight bout as current WBA Champ - the unbeaten Austin Trout - faces a Puerto Rican warrior in former WBA Super World title holder Miguel Cotto.
Cotto relinquished that title during a gutsy unanimous decision defeat to pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Junior back in May live on BoxNation. Now he looks to return to World title honours with the WBA, though Mayweather still holds the WBA's most prestigious belt.
27-year-old Trout, on the other hand, has established himself as big name in the division, and possible future contender in the pound-for-pound rankings.
Currently, he's ranked nine by Ring Magazine in the light-middleweight standings, but his situation would improve significantly if he were to defeat the battling and combative Miguel Cotto.
It's a big ask. Though Cotto is 37 - 3, he's never shirked a fight, and only been beaten by Antonio Margarito, Manny Pacquiao and the above mentioned defeat to Mayweather.