“I didn’t think that this arena was going to be so special for me in my entire career,” Cotto said. “But I’m happy, I’m thankful, and I’m just grateful for having such a wonderful career, such wonderful performances here in Madison Square Garden.”
Trout, a 2004 U.S. Olympic alternate, has been as wowed at Cotto’s career as much as the fans who flock from New York’s Puerto Rican communities to cheer him on. After a press conference in October, Trout approached Cotto and requested an autograph _ which was captured on Showtime’s All-Access show.
Forget the autograph on Saturday. Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) is aiming for a true signature win. Trout, a southpaw, grinded out a championship career far removed from the spotlight of boxing meccas like Las Vegas and New York. He’s mostly fought in Texas and New Mexico and is still a relative unknown on the national scene.
Spoiling Cotto’s perfect New York mark in a breakthrough performance is one way to get noticed.