LAS CRUCES, N.M. — It was a dream for Las Cruces boxer Austin "No Doubt" Trout to fight a big name opponent at Madison Square with that dream becoming a reality with a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto Saturday night.
Trout was impressive throughout the fight muscling his opponent at times and connecting with solid punches to Cotto's head and body.
"Austin did what he had to do," said Angel Portillo. "Austin is a boxer and he helped himself and he's making a name for himself and he did what he had to do in order for him to come up.
In an interview just weeks before the fight, Trout clearly understood the moment and what he needed to do to achieve his goal during his title defense against Cotto.
"I want to be the number one undisputed undefeated pound for pound champion and there's a few people that are in my way for that, Cotto being one of them," Trout said while training in Ruidoso.
Trout looked confident in the first two rounds, but Cotto did have his moments in the middle rounds making it a tight fight.
"After the fifth round Austin turned it up and Austin did what Austin had to do, no doubt," Portillo said.
Fighting in what was the biggest fight of his career and on the biggest stage, Trout introduced himself to the world and he did so while representing the city he calls home.
On his gloves Trout proudly displayed an "L-C" and an "N-M".
After a decisive victory fans like Portillo are already looking forward to the next time the hometown hero steps in the ring.
"Canelo's next and will do the same thing we did to Cotto," Portillo said.