- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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NEW YORK -- There are some who believe that junior middleweight titlist Austin Trout is going to give former titleholder Miguel Cotto a very tough fight when they meet Saturday night (Showtime, 9 ET/PT) at Madison Square Garden. Some even believe he will pull the upset.
There are reasons to like Trout in the fight. He is a very good boxer. He’s younger than Cotto (27-32) and has taken way less punishment than Cotto has. Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) is also quick and has good defense. He has confidence that an undefeated record fosters. And he has fought on enemy turf in Panama and Mexico (twice, in world title fights) and should be under control emotionally fighting in Cotto’s house with his fans going nuts.
Some might also point to his southpaw stance as an advantage. That might be the case against some fighters, but being a lefty is no big deal against Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs), who has done very well against southpaws.
In 2005, Cotto defended his junior welterweight title by knocking out former titleholder DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley in the fifth round.
In 2006, Cotto blitzed Carlos Quintana in a fifth-round knockout to win a vacant welterweight belt.
In 2007, Cotto was in a tough title defense against Zab Judah but eventually drilled him in the 11th round.
"Fighting southpaws is not difficult for me,” Cotto said. “Actually, I'm a converted southpaw. I used to fight southpaw, but converted into an orthodox stance. I have already fought many southpaws and didn't really have any problems with them. I don't expect to have any problems with Austin either.
“We had a great training camp with sparring partners with real skills. I think my sparring partners have more skills than Austin. I think they showed me more skills and gave me more problems.”