dang...cotto was out of sync....could not find his rhythm in the bout....had some moments....why wasn't he using his jab....to set his punches...wrong tactic imho
That's what happens when a once-skilled boxer is past his prime. He becomes awkward and falls a step behind. His footwork and reflexes don't coordinate with his body anymore.
Cotto has a great jab. But in Trout you're talking of a guy who has 4" reach advantage who is also adept at throwing the jab and has probably the faster hands. Cotto also couldn't outmuscle Trout who smothered Cotto whenever the latter got inside.
Well, that would be a case in point but Cotto was lunging his left from Paris in that fight. He couldn't pull the trigger as much as he wanted even when he had Trout trapped against the ropes. There was a considerable gap in his offense and he tired out early in the fight. There's a huge difference between a young Cotto with a good jab and an old, shot Cotto with a good jab. Every bit of it showed up in later rounds.
Probably so, but Cotto always had problems with his stamina even when he was younger. And true his age showed because he couldn't put his combinations together consistently, and his left hooks were wider and less compact, but power is the last thing that goes away from an aging figther and Trout was able to absorb Cotto's shots well.
At light middleweight ., I feel that even a younger Cotto would have problems with Austin Trout.