YANKEE STADIUM TO HOST “STADIUM SLUGFEST”
Press Release: May 02, 2010 - http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5163154
Yankee Stadium will host the “Stadium Slugfest”—a world title boxing match between World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto—on Saturday, June 5, 2010, it was announced today in a press conference at Yankee Stadium. The announcement featured both fighters and their camps, Hall of Fame promoter and Chairman of Top Rank, Bob Arum, Melvina Lathan of the New York State Athletic Commission and HBO Sports Sr. Vice President Mark Taffet. Foreman vs. Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions and Yankee Stadium. HBO World Championship Boxing will televise the fight live nationally at 10:15 p.m. ET / 7:15 p.m. PT.
"The original Yankee Stadium had a
great tradition of boxing, and with this fight we begin a new
tradition in our new home," said Lonn Trost, Yankees Chief Operating
Officer. “Yankee Stadium will provide a great backdrop for what will
definitely be a magical night for the sport of boxing, in what we
hope is the first of many fights in our prestigious home.”
Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs), a 29-year-old from Brooklyn, N.Y., is the first orthodox Jew to win a world championship in nearly seven years. Born in Gomel, Belarus, and raised in Israel, Foreman immigrated to Brooklyn. The 2001 New York Golden Gloves Champion turned pro in 2002 and began studying to become a rabbi three years ago. He knocked down defending champion Daniel Santos in the final round of a 12-round fight on November 4, 2009, en route to a decisive and unanimous decision victory and Israel’s first boxing world title.
"It is a great honor to have my first title defense at Yankee Stadium and join the names of such fighters as Benny Leonard, Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali, and to represent Israel and the Jewish people," Foreman said.
Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs), from Caguas,
Puerto Rico, has held a world title every year since 2004 and will
be looking to extend that streak with his challenge of Foreman.
Puerto Rico’s most exciting fighter, Cotto held the World Boxing
Organization (WBO) junior welterweight crown from 2004-06,
successfully defending it six times before vacating it to capture
the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title at the end of
2006, a title he held for nearly as long. He won his second
welterweight title in February 2009, knocking out Michael Jennings
in the fifth round of a 12-round fight to become the WBO
welterweight champion. He lost the title in his second defense, on
November 4, 2009, to Manny Pacquiao. Notable victories for Cotto
include Sugar Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Joshua Clottey, Paulie
Malignaggi, and Demarcus Corley.