Well guess what, that is exactly what has happened. Austin 'No Doubt' Trout retained his WBA middleweight world title last night against the huge favourite and pound-for-pound contender Miguel Cotto.
A few people were picking Trout to win, but only to get robbed as it was basically in Cotto's backyard. However, nobody expected him to win in the way he did. The New Mexican didn't give the judges the chance to rob him. He dominated the majority of the fight and won most of the rounds.
Cotto started well but just couldn't keep it up. It looked as though everything was finally starting to catch up with him. From around the 6th round onwards Trout started to take control and fight at his own pace. Cotto, who is now 32, couldn't keep up with this pace and began to throw clumsy punches. Whenever he attempted to put the pressure on he would get caught by Trout's long jab or the straight back hand. As the fight progressed Trout even managed to do the better work on the inside, landing with the uppercuts and hooks.
At the end of the fight it was clear as to who had won. Even Cotto's die-hard fans could not disagree with the result. The judges gave the fight to Trout by unanimous decision (117-111 x2 & 119-109), even by slightly wider scorecards than some people expected.
Obviously, Trout is now in a fantastic position. He has to be considered as a pound-for-pound top 20 fighter at least, and the No.1 or No.2 fighter in the light-middleweight division.
The fight that has to be made next is Austin 'No Doubt' Trout Vs Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. I have no doubt in my mind that these are the two best fighters at 154lb and it is a fight that can easily be made. They're both young and hungry, they both want to prove themselves more than they already have, and most importantly, they're both promoted by Golden Boy. It seems like a natural and easy fight to make. I'm not going to make a prediction for that fight yet as I would need to do a lot of thinking before I picked a clear winner but I would be backing Trout. I'm a big fan of the guy, especially after tonight, and believe he can go very far in this sport.
By Jack Price @PriceyJ97 - PriceyBoxing@gmail.com