GEALE V COTTO & MUNDINE V TROUT
By TOM WATT on APRIL 29 2015
After a quiet few months at the beginning of the year Aussie Boxing has exploded! Other than ‘Wild’ Will Tomlinson’s attempt to win the WBO International Super Title in America from highly rated Mexican, Francisco Vargas, there has been little on the International scene for Aussie fans to get excited about.
Turn the clock forward though and that has all changed. 2 time Middleweight Champion of the World, Daniel ‘Real Deal’ Geale has announced a fight with Future Hall Of Famer, Miguel Cotto in New York and Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine is set to face Austin Trout in Texas on May 9th. 2 huge fights for both men that could cement their legacies in the sport both domestically and internationally.
Daniel Geale Vs Miguel Cotto (WBC Middleweight Title) Barclays Centre, Ney York
The biggest of the three’s opponents has to be Miguel Cotto – who became the first Puerto Rican to win a World Title at four different weight classes after defeating long-reigning champ, Sergio Martinez in a blistering win almost a year ago. Geale has been asking for this fight since his last win over fellow Aussie, Jarrod ‘Left Jab’ Fletcher (See video here) and as a natural Middleweight, Geale will go in as the naturally bigger man and that will suit him down to ground as he looks to work at distance and control the range of the fight. Cotto for his part has tried to even the playing field by asking for the fight at a catch weight of 157llbs (3 lbs lower than the Middleweight limit) and has responded to criticism by stating that he has been dictated to for most of his career so now it’s his turn as the ‘A-Side’.
Geale certainly has a great chance against Cotto here, he has the natural size advantage and the work-rate necessary to take the rounds, I don’t see a KO in his favour but if he is able to work as effectively as he did against Fletcher in December then I could see him taking a decision on points although he will need to be more than convincing in Cotto’s second home of New York. A place he has only once in eleven fights.
Anthony Mundine Vs Austin Trout
Through strange coincidence. Anthony Mundine’s next opponent, Austin Trout is the man that holds that win over Cotto in New York. When he took that UD win over the Puerto Rican superstar in December 2012 it looked as though Trout was on his way to becoming one of the biggest names in the sport, since then he suffered successive defeats to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarexz and ‘The American Dream’ Erislandy Lara, that set his career back. However 2 succesive wins (including one over Aussie, Daniel ‘Awesome’ Dawson) have seen Trout claw himself back into contention and he will be to continue with that trajectory when he steps into the ring to face the polarizing Mundine in Texas.
A win for either man will jettison them into contention for big money fights and Title shots in a division that contains the likes of Canelo, Demterius Andrade, Cornelius Bundrage and the Charlo twins. This fight is for the WBC Silver title that Mundine won from Sergey Rabchenko last year and should (we said this before) guarantee a shot at the WBC crown currently held by P4P King, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. Mayweather will most likely step aside form that belt if the WBC ever decide to make him and that will clear the path for a Title fight with one of the fighters mentioned above, most likely Lara or Canelo. When I spoke with Trout earlier this week he stated his desire to avenge his losses to both Lara and Canelo and sees winning Mundine’s silver WBC Silver Title as the perfect way to do just that.
Trout also claimed that he was relishing the opportunity to prove he was the better fighter than Mundine and claimed that he would win the fight in the later rounds when ‘The Man’ Inevitably fades. (My interview with Austin Trout can be found here).
Trout is an awkward fighter and will make life difficult for Mundine but if ‘The Man’ is able to emulate his performance against the hard-hitting Sergey Rabchenko then he has a great chance of taking home the win and setting up the even bigger-money fights later this year. It will be no easy task but it is never smart to write off Anthony Mundine as Sergey Rabchenko and his promoter Ricky Hatton found out last year.
Mundine V Trout will be shown on Main event at 6am on Sunday 10th May
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