The junior middleweight division was given a jolt on Saturday night as the undefeated yet relatively unheralded Austin Trout picked apart modern Puerto Rican great Miguel Cotto on route to a surprise unanimous decision victory. In front of Cotto’s loyal army of Boricua men and women, Trout put himself at the forefront of the 154 lb division despite the odds being stacked heftily against him, and immediately called for a match with the weight-class’ newest money-maker -- Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Alvarez sat ringside, angling for a fight with Cotto, though the young Mexican looked decidedly unimpressed at times when the cameras turned to him. This could have been because of the hearty booing when his face came up on the big screen, though it could also have been because he was watching a super fight fall away from his grasp and there was nothing he could do but watch a new star emerge.
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