The only man to have beaten one but not the other, Trout upset the apple cart when he outpointed Cotto in December 2012, scuppering a planned fight between Miguel and Alvarez, who was sat ringside. Fresh off of his loss to Floyd Mayweather, a notably subdued Cotto plodded his way in as the slick Trout boxed at range from his southpaw stance. Although the Puerto Rican icon was able to find some success while Trout was on the ropes, his usually sharp salvos looked blunted. The wide scorecards did not do the close fight justice but the right man won on the night and Trout retained his WBA world light-middleweight title to set up a showdown with WBC king Alvarez.
In his toughest fight at that point, ‘Canelo’ was able to earn a unanimous decision. At times a little ponderous, the flame-haired Mexican was able to pin Trout down enough to rack up points. He also displayed decent head movement and defensive assets which had not previously been required. In the seventh, a straight right hand dropped Trout for the first time in his career and, to many, decided the fight. However the judges scored it comfortably in favour of Alvarez, a deserved winner.
Better performance: Saul Alvarez