Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout: Which Fighter Will Face Canelo Alvarez Next?

Michael WaltersCorrespondent IIDecember 2, 2012

Trout and Cotto's careers are headed in opposite directions.
Trout and Cotto's careers are headed in opposite directions.Elsa/Getty Images

After Saturday night's impressive, and somewhat shocking, domination of Miguel Cotto, many boxing fans will be calling for an Austin Trout and Saul "Canleo" Alvarez matchup. 

While Trout has certainly earned a shot at the redheaded Mexican wonder-boy, don't expect to see that fight anytime soon.

At the post-fight presser a seemingly agitated Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, mentioned a possible matchup between the two, but he seemed more interested in trying to salvage a Cotto fight for May 4, 2013.

Cotto and Alvarez can still be a big fight for Cinco De Mayo weekend, but at this point it has lost a lot of its luster after Cotto's thorough domination at the hands of the somewhat unknown "regular" WBA super welterweight titleholder.

Cotto may want to think long and hard before making any decision on whether or not he will fight again. 

With that being said, I firmly believe that Cotto will fight Alvarez for his WBC title in what will most likely be, and should be, his last fight near the top of the sport.

Trout said at the post-fight press conference that he would like to return to the ring in February, and then again in May, which is refreshing to hear these days considering most of the elite fighters in the sport only fight once or twice a year. 

The question now is who will Trout fight next or who will be willing to fight him?

Trout is advised by the Oz of boxing, Al Haymon, so he will definitely be back on one of the major networks soon and should hopefully start making Haymon-esque paydays.

I don't believe a fight with "super" WBA champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an option as both men are Haymon fighters, not to mention Floyd will most likely be fighting Robert Guerrero after his punishing win over Andre Berto last month. 

It won't be IBF titleholder Cornelius "K9" Bundrage either, as I have a feeling he will likely be fighting Ishe Smith in early 2013.

Zaurbek Baysangurov, the WBO titleholder, is another fighter who most likely isn't interested in facing Trout, as he has never fought outside of the former Soviet Union.

With the chances of a title unification fight highly unlikely, I believe that Trout will most likely face a fighter from the Golden Boy stable due to the close working relationship between Haymon and the promoter.

If I were a betting man, I would put my money on Trout facing either Alfredo Angulo or James Kirkland some time in February or early March of 2013.


Michael Walters is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.