Las Cruces’ Austin Trout Defeats Miguel Cotto
Last night’s unanimous decision win for Austin Trout over Miguel Cotto was huge for so many reasons. It marked the first time in Cotto’s career that the former World Champ suffered defeat in his hometown of New York City. The pro-Cotto crowd at Madison Square Garden had an uneasy feeling all night and new their hero had little chance to win a decision. The win also legitimizes Trout as a true boxing star. even though his record is unblemished, many in boxing questioned whether or not Trout belonged with the sport’s best. Saturday night’s performance was Trout’s message to all of these critics. It also was the biggest win of Trout’s career and suddenly puts him in position for a huge fight against fellow 154-pound champ Canelo Alvarez. Trout wants the fight so they can unify the division. It will be the largest payday of his career and sure to warrant Pay Per View status.
As Austin “No Doubt” Trout returns to a hero’s welcome in Las Cruces, it is important to understand just how special a boxer he is. Over the last 25 years, El Paso and Las Cruces have seen some great fighters come out of this area. Names like Fernie Morales, Louie Burke, and Herman Delgado all had title hopes. Former UTEP football player Ross Puritty even upset the great Wladimir Klitschko. Currently, El Pasoans David Rodriguez and Antonio Escalante still dream of a title shot while up and coming Abie Han might have the best chance of the three. As impressive as these fighters are, Trout is clearly the greatest fighter this area has ever produced. The scary thing is that his career is just getting started and the sky’s the limit for the man who’s in-ring performance leaves us “No “Doubt.”