Former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) says he wants to fight Jermall Charlo and Miguel Cotto again. Trout lost to Charlo by a competitive 12 round unanimous decision in May of 2016. That was Trout’s only fight of the year unfortunately. He felt that he won the fight.
The judges thought differently in scoring it 116-112, 115-113 and 116-112. It was a close fight. Trout doesn’t understand why Cotto is fighting James Kirkland on HBO PPV in February. He feels that a rematch between him and Cotto makes a lot more sense, because he beat the Puerto Rican fighter by a 12 round unanimous decision in June 2012. Cotto claims he’s improved now that he’s with trainer Freddie Roach, but he still didn’t try and test that theory by fighting Trout a second time.
Cotto-Trout 2 obviously wouldn’t have been a PPV worthy fight, but then neither is Cotto vs. Kirkland. At least if Cotto fought Trout, he’d be able to try and avenge one of his five defeats on his resume instead of just letting it stand.
Trout said this to RingTV.com about wanting a second fight against Charlo:
“A rematch with (Jermall) Charlo would be great and that’s a fight I would take in a heartbeat,” said Trout.
I don’t think Charlo is going to bother fighting guys that he already beat before. He’s talking about wanting to move up in weight to middleweight in the near future. Unless Trout, 31, wants to follow after him, he might need to forget about the rematch and live with the loss. Charlo ran out of gas in the last four rounds of the fight. But before that, he appeared to build up enough of a lead to get the win over Trout.
Trout was beaten by Saul Canelo Alvarez by a 12 round unanimous decision in April 2013. The judges scored the fight fairly wide for Canelo. There was very little to separate them other than a knockdown that Trout suffered in the 7th. The scoring of the fight seemed to show that Canelo, the bigger star, was getting rounds based off very little work. He was on the ropes the last five rounds of the fight. It was hard to give Canelo any of the rounds, as well as of the first five rounds. Trout outworked Canelo.
“Honestly, I don’t like the matchup and my rematch with Cotto would have been a lot bigger,” said Trout. “I’m not even sure that would have been pay-per-view but it would have been a lot more deserving than Cotto-Kirkland. A lot of people have told me they would rather see Cotto and myself again and they have no interest in Cotto-Kirkland.”