The American Austin Trout remains as the World Boxing Association super welterweight champion after defeating Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision, in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The judges’ score were 117-111, 117-111, and 119-109.
Before an audience of more than 13,000 fans, Trout and Cotto engaged in a closed match where the champion took advantage of his reach to keep Puerto Rican away.
Trout kept Cotto at the bay, but Cotto at times showed his experience and complicated Trout. However, the still champion avoided him frustrating the four-time champions’ intention.
After the fight was over, Trout thanked the audience for attending and said his added that his victory was first thanks to God. “After the battle, Trout thanked the public for assistance, and also said that his victory was due first of all to God. “To my family, to all the team, without them this victory would not have been possible”, said promptly.
He also stated that he “felt some blows from Cotto, but that he was not injured. I am happy with this victory; I am satisfied with what we did. I am also grateful to Cotto who is a great opponent and a great Boxer who gave me the opportunity of this great battle”.
At the press conference, Trout said that he was willing to give Cotto a rematch when he wants it.
“Is my desire to be the best, I want to fight with the best, and for that I must fight with the best. That is the way I think, perhaps others don’t agree but I want to be the best,” ended.
Meanwhile, Cotto was much more reticent in his statements at the press conference. “I’m fine, tired but well”, and later stated that he will take a few days to rest, “tomorrow will travel to Puerto Rico with my family, and I will rest during Christmas, I will take those days to think”.
However, he stated that it is not the time to retire, “I will continue, there is still much to be done and I’m sure about that. I will continue”.
He admitted it was not his best night, and admitted having fought with a great fighter. “I learned a lot from him tonight”, he concluded before leaving from the room.