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December 04, 2012

By G. Leon

Trout says he'd move up to middle for shot at Maravilla!

GL: Congrats on your big victory over Miguel Cotto. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance?

Austin Trout: "It was definitely satisfying. Of course I have to go back and look at the tape because there's always things I can do better. Still, a win is a win and that's what I'm glad for."

GL: Was there anything about Miguel Cotto that surprised you at all?

Austin Trout: "No, not really. I knew exactly what he was going to bring and what he had. I will say that the way he faded in the last quarter of the fight was a bit surprising. I've seen him slow down at the ends of fights before, but I've never seen him fade like that."

GL: What are you hoping this victory leads to?

AT: "I want to fight the best fight at 154. I want the best fights around 154. I understand the game, and I'm looking forward to getting the respect as a world champion and one of the top guys out there."

GL: Obviously beating a big name like Cotto is going to lead towards other opportunities. But are you concerned that the ease in which you handled him will make other top guys like Canelo Alvarez to find other options?

AT: "In a sense yes. But if everybody looked at this game the way they're supposed to the top guys would be itching to get in there with me. I've read some articles saying that I looked good beating Cotto and deserve the shot, then I read other articles that said win or lose and I wasn't going to get that fight so I don't know. I'll leave that up to Al Haymon and Greg Cohen. Whoever they put in front of me, I'm ready to do it."

GL: At what point during the fight do you feel you achieved your goal of making the crowd a non-factor?

AT: "Somewhere in the middle rounds. They were excited early, but at some time in the middle rounds they stopped going crazy for every little thing he did."

GL: Did you feel as though you were being treated like the champion coming into the ring? Cotto was announced last, usually an honor reserved for the champion.

AT: "That was all a part of the negotiating to make the fight happen. They wanted to come in second be announced second and have my name second on all of the advertising. They had me on the back of the poster. I look at it as paying my dues. Cotto is a great champion who has done great things for the sport. Right now they shouldn't even bother trying to ask me anything like that. I feel like I've paid my dues, I'm a world champion and should be treated like one."

GL: With that being said I imagine you wouldn't blow a Canelo Alvarez fight over when you were announced and where your name went on the poster. Correct?

AT: (laughs) "I'm just saying, none of those things really matter. The only thing that really matters is the pay and the place."

GL: After the fight, it becomes known as Trout-Cotto. The guy who won get his name in front moving forward.

AT: "Exactly, and that's when the details matter."

GL: So you didn't take it too personally at all it seems. I know Roy Jones Jr is one of the greatest champions in the history of boxing and when he returned to fight Antonio Tarver he was the heavyweight champion of the world and he still respected the traditions of boxing. Did Cotto's requests serve as a motivational tool for you?

AT: "Definitely. It's definitely something that made me train harder and I knew it was going to be something that didn't really matter after the fight. But like I said now I've paid my dues so I don't really see that happening again."

GL: How does a fight between you and Canelo Alvarez play out?

AT: "I think it would be a good fight. He's young, he's strong and he's a good fighter. I'm not going to take anything away from him. There's some things I can do that he's not going to be able to deal with and there's things he can do that will be tough for me. At the end of the day, he gets hit easier than Cotto and I would be tattooing him all night. But I respect him as a young undefeated world champion."

GL: Other than Canelo, who else is high on your wish list?

AT: "I would love to fight Maravilla Martinez. I want to fight the guys that will bring me Pound for Pound status. Of course if the great pound for pound fighter Floyd Mayweather is there. And I'd also love another belt. Bundrage got one, there's a guy from Russia with one. I want the pound for pound guys or another belt."

GL: Would you be willing to move up to middleweight and fight Sergio Martinez?

AT: "I would move up if that's what it took."

GL: Closing thoughts?

AT: "I want to thank everyone who has been riding with me from day one. It's been a long patient journey. It's been frustrating at times, but get comfortable because we just got here and I'm not going anywhere for a while."

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