Austin "No Doubt" Trout (26-0, 14 KO's) retained his WBA World Light Middleweight title, capturing a twelve-round unanimous decision versus Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO's). Official scores were 119-109 and 117-111 twice. It was Trout's fourth successful defense of his title since defeating Rigoberto Alvarez via twelve-round unanimous decision in 2011. The defeat was Cotto's first (7-1, 4 KO's) at Madison Square Garden.
Trout, a 27-year-old southpaw from Las Cruces, New Mexico, performed sensationally behind a consistent right jab. Cotto, 32, who started his professional career as a junior welterweight, had a tremendous amount of trouble dealing with the naturally bigger Trout.
In the first round, Cotto attacked Trout's body efficiently, although Trout's maneuvering confused the Puerto Rican warrior.
Trout began to settle in round two, beating Cotto to the punch with sharp combinations.
Cotto stepped up his assault in round three, smothering Trout's shots and applying constant pressure.
During round four, Cotto continued to work diligently. Yet, it was apparent Trout presented an crucial edge in hand speed.
Trout struck Cotto with a hard low blow in round five. Cotto bounced back from the low, straight left and kept fighting at a high level.
In round six, Trout methodically backed Cotto up using his size advantage, along with a busy right jab.
The seventh round became the turning point of the fight. Trout really controlled the ebb and flow, while Cotto's punch output slightly decreased. Trout also created more angles, keeping Cotto off-balance.
As Cotto came on in round nine, Trout hit him with another low blow, although it appeared to land on the belt line. From this point, Trout's punches caused additional swelling to Cotto's face.
Trout tagged Cotto with a sharp left uppercut in the eleventh round, momentarily slowing the challenger. Cotto's plan of suppressing Trout's offense did not have the anticipated results due to the champion's size. Cotto's punches simply did not have the same effect on a bigger man.
Cotto fought valiantly in the twelfth round, but Trout had him in danger whenever he threw multiple punches.
Cotto gave a tremendous effort given the size disadvantage he encountered, in conjunction with facing a superior ring technician.
Jayson Velez (20-0, 15 KO's) put on a brilliant performance, dismantling Salvador Sanchez II (30-5-3, 18 KO's) in just three rounds in a featherweight match-up. Prior to the fight, Sanchez, 27, was never kayoed, and had amassed an 11-fight win streak.
Making his second appearance at Madison Square Garden, the 24-year old Velez owned a decisive edge in hand speed. Velez was very fluid with his punches, hammering Sanchez repeatedly with crisp combinations. Early in round two, Velez wobbled Sanchez after landing a left hook, followed by two right crosses in succession. Near the end of the round, Velez floored Sanchez after connecting with a vicious left uppercut to the head.
Ten seconds into round three, Velez put Sanchez on the canvas with a scintillating right uppercut. After landing another overhand right, referee Harvey Dock stopped the fight. Time of the stoppage was :38.
Velez is tentatively scheduled to face Mexico's hard-hitting Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KO's) next for De Leon's WBC Featherweight championship.
Danny "The Miracle Man" Jacobs (24-1, 21 KO's) forced Chris "The Irish Ghost" Fitzpatrick (15-3, 6 KO's) to quit on his stool after five, one-sided rounds in a middleweight contest. Jacobs has now accumulated four straight victories since being TKO'd in five rounds by Dmitry Pirog in 2010. On the other hand, Fitzpatrick has dropped three of his last four bouts.
Jacobs, 25, started very slowly, but picked up the pace quickly in round three after an accidental headbutt left Fitzpatrick with a wide gash on top of his head. Seeing Fitzpatrick bleeding, Jacobs overwhelmed him with a barrage of swift combinations. Fitzpatrick stayed in Jacobs' face, although he could not compete with the Brooklyn fighter's arsenal.
In round five, Jacobs continued with his onslaught, peppering Fitzpatrick with sweeping right-hand shots and deadly left hooks to the head and body.
Jacobs is targeting February 9, 2013 as his next appearance in the ring. It is a phenomenon that Jacobs is even walking, let alone boxing. 19 months ago, Jacobs suffered from thoracic spinal cancer and was paralyzed from the waist down. Following six hours of surgery to remove a gigantic tumor that wrapped around his spinal column, as well as completing extensive physical therapy, Jacobs is back and ready to claim a world title.
Featherweight 126 lbs. - Jorge Diaz (17-1, 10 KO's) W6 vs. Victor Sanchez (3-5-1)
Middleweight 160 lbs. - John Thompson (10-0, 3 KO's) W6 vs. Elie Augustama (6-6, 3 KO's)
Junior Middleweight 154 lbs. - Eddie Gomez (12-0, 8 KO's) W6 vs. Luis Hernandez (10-1, 6 KO's)
Junior Lightweight 130 lbs. - Jeffrey Fontanez (10-0, 9 KO's) TKO 2 vs. Pedro Arcos (8-4, 6 KO's)
Junior Middleweight 154 lbs. - Jorge Melendez (25-2-1, 24 KO's) TKO 4 vs. James Winchester (15-7, 5 KO's)
Lightweight 135 lbs. - Michael Perez (18-1-1, 10 KO's) W8 vs. Fernando Carcamo (10-5, 7 KO's)