|Austin "No Doubt" Trout tags Miguel Cotto (ESPN Photo)|
Trout never wavered even as the crowd was against him from the start. Two judges scored the bout 117-111 and the third had it 119-109. Trout delivered in easily the biggest and most high-profile fight of his career. The 2004 U.S. Olympic alternate grinded out a championship reign in Texas and New Mexico and was a relative unknown on the national scene. No doubt, that has changed.
Trout truly swung the scorecards his way with stiff punches to the head and relentless jabs that shook Cotto.
Trout got second billing in the pre-fight introduction, walking out first, a member of his team holding the title belt high over his head -- the intro traditionally reserved for the challenger. But Cotto's company, Miguel Cotto Promotions, helped promote the fight, and he was the main reason why 13,096 fans came to the Garden.
Trout did enough in his fourth title defense over the final two rounds to keep his WBA super welterweight belt. After everyone cleared the ring, Trout hopped on the top rope, pointing to the few fans left calling his name. "To have my hand raised with a champion like Miguel Cotto is a dream come true," he said. Read more