Cotto and Foreman will swing for the fences on June 5th.
WBA Junior Middleweight Champ Yuri Foreman Defending Against Miguel Cotto
New York (Wednesday, May 19, 2010) – While powerful swings and the pop of the glove is nothing new to Yankee Stadium, a boxing ring in the outfield is something that has not been seen there in over 30 years. That last fact will change on Saturday, June 5th, when the sweet science returns to the Bronx for WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) to defend his title against Miguel Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs).
"I know it's going to be a tough fight for us, a tough fight for Yuri, too," Cotto said of the bout. "But we are owners of our own destiny, you know? We'll try hard, and I guarantee you we're going to make a great show."
Cotto, who is a former world champion in both the junior welterweight and welterweight division, last fought this past November against Manny Pacquiao, a fight in which Pacquiao won via TKO in the 12th round. When Foreman last stepped between the ropes, he defeated Daniel Santos by unanimous decision to win the WBA Super Welterweight Championship.
"When I won the world title on November 14, they told me to take a few fights, some easy fights, then get into something better," Foreman remarked. "Being a world champion is not just easy fights, it's fighting other world champions. And Miguel Cotto is another world champion."
The major question surrounding this fight is whether or not Cotto has enough left in the tank to stop Foreman. Cotto has been in the upper echelon of the sport for the better of the past seven years and has many notable victories on his resume, but two of his last four fights have ended in defeat. As mentioned earlier, his last loss came at the hands of Pacquiao, who many regard as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, and the first was a suspicious defeat to Antonio Margarito, who was later suspended for using illegal hand wraps in a bout against Shane Mosley. Undoubtedly, Cotto is an entertaining fighter who has not backed down from competition, but the physical nature of his own style and those he has fought in recent years would slow any boxer at this point in his career.
On the flip side, Foreman seems like a fighter who is just hitting the prime of his career. While he is nearly three months older than Cotto, the Israeli boxer seems to still have his best fights ahead of him. Foreman and Cotto have actually fought on the same card before, when Foreman split decisioned Anthony Thompson before an undefeated Cotto TKOed Zab Juddah in the main event of a card at Madison Square Garden in 2007. The positioning of each of those bouts shows where the fighters were at the time, but it almost more importantly gives a glimpse of where they are now.
Overall, it’s tough to say exactly where Cotto sits right now in the sport, but he has more than earned this opportunity to prove he still belongs. This bout also presents a huge opportunity for Foreman to show the world that he is one of the best in the game. No matter which way fight fans are leaning in this bout, one thing is for sure. It should definitely be a very entertaining night.