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Cotto Will Be At His ‘Best’ Against Trout

Cotto feels in great shape
Cotto feels in great shape

Miguel Cotto has reported that he will be at his very best when he challenges American Austin Trout for his WBA light middleweight crown at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday(Dec 1).


Cotto participated in a media workout at Gleason’s Gym in New York on Monday and he feels he is in great and looking forward to challenging Trout.


"I feel great. We had a great camp and I’m ready for 12 rounds,” said Cotto.


"Trout is not the first young, hungry fighter I have faced in my career. We don’t see anything special in this opponent [Trout]. He is just another opponent.


Although he sees Trout as just another opponent Cotto confessed he does not know what to expect on Saturday night. "I don’t know what Trout will bring on Saturday night, but I know that I will be ready for him,”.added Cotto.


"I trained at a high altitude during this camp and it was great. Everyone will see Miguel Cotto at his best.


"Fans here in New York have always given me a great reception and I really appreciate it. I will give them what they want to see."


Cotto’s trainer Pedro Diaz also confirmed Cotto’s desire to win in front of his fellow Puerto Ricans. "Miguel wants to win in front of all of the Puerto Rican fans on a great stage at Madison Square Garden,” said Diaz.


"Our goal this week is to make sure Miguel makes weight and that he is physically and mentally prepared for Saturday night."


Featherweight prospect Jayson Velez and Middleweight hope Jeffrey Fontanez, who also worked out at Gleasons gym, are both proud Puerto Ricans who feel honoured to be fighting on the same card as Cotto, who is a boxing legend in Puerto Rico.


"Fighting at Madison Square Garden is a great honor.  I know the Puerto Rican fans will be there in full force,” said Velez.


"This is such a great card and I am thrilled to be a part of it.


"I am honored to be able to train with Miguel Cotto.  He is a great legend in Puerto Rico and he is one of my role models."


Fontanez added; "It is an honor to be on a Miguel Cotto undercard. I feel ready to show the world what I am all about.  I am very anxious and happy to be on this great card."


Promoter of the event Richard Schaefer from Golden Boy Promotions said:  "Miguel Cotto is deservedly one of the three biggest names in the sport next to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.


"You could see at today’s workout how big of a draw he is based on the media turnout.


"We are excited to be here in New York City.  It is the Mecca of Boxing and the Mecca of Miguel Cotto.


"Miguel certainly could’ve fought an easier opponent.  When given the choice between an easy opponent and a difficult one, Miguel always chooses the more challenging test.  That is why he is Miguel Cotto and that is why the fans love him the way that they do."


November 28, 2012

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