WBA junior middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) is taking aim at the winner of the December 3 clash between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito after successfully defending his belt against Frank LoPorto on Friday night at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas. “Miguel Cotto is the super champion of the WBA jr middleweight division,” said promoter Greg Cohen. “He won his title in June 2010 against Yuri Foreman. When you’re the super champion of the WBA, the rules state you need to defend against your mandatory every 18 months, so the winner of the upcoming fight between Cotto and Antonio Margarito must make their mandatory title defense against Austin Trout. We want to make that fight against either guy as soon as possible.”
If, however, the winner of the December 3 rematch between Cotto and Margarito declines to face Trout in his first defense, the other option would be a defense against Australia’s colorful Anthony “The Man” Mundine.
“If they choose not to fight us and vacate the belt, then we’ll be the only ones with a rightful claim to be WBA champion. In that case, we’ll make our mandatory against Mundine in a fight that would have not only all the new fans Austin made over the weekend, but the entire continent of Australia also buzzing the day it was made. Either way, it’s a win for my fighter. He’s finally going to get the kind of fight he’s dreamed of getting and all the recognition that will also come when he wins. He went from something of a secret in boxing to one of the hottest fighters in the sport with that one terrific performance.”