Miguel Cotto pounds Yuri Foreman in Yankee Stadium Slugfest
by Nigel Chiwaya
Jun 09, 2010 | 7409 views | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Remember when Miguel Cotto was washed up?

Yeah, neither do we.

Cotto made his return to the ring a triumphant one last Saturday, pounding Brooklyn’s Yuri Foreman for a 9th-round TKO victory in front of 20,272 fans at Yankee Stadium.

The win gave Cotto the WBA super welterweight championship; Cotto’s third championship in a different weight class.

The fight took a turn for the bizarre in round 7, when Foreman (28-1, 1KO), injured his right knee while backing away from Cotto (35-2, 28KOs).

Things got even stranger one round later when Foreman’s trainer, Joe Grier, threw a towel into the ring to stop the fight.

Cotto began to celebrate victory, and the press began to flood the ring. However, referee Arthur Mercante Jr., the only person who can officially stop the fight, refused to end the match.

Mercante asked Foreman if he wanted to continue the fight, and when Foreman said yes, proceeded to clear the ring and continue the bout.

However, the incident only turned out to delay the inevitable, as Mercante called the fight in the 9th round after Foreman took another spill on his knee.

It was a strange ending to what began as a glamour night for boxing, with fans heading in to see the first boxing match at the new Yankee Stadium and the first fight at any Yankee Stadium since the 1976 Muhammad Ali-Ken Norton bout.

Foreman, who lives in Brooklyn and trains at Gleason’s gym, was considered a trendy pick heading into the bout, given his size and reach advantages. However Foreman, who is an Orthodox Jew, is studying to become a rabbi and actually could not begin to fight until after the Jewish Sabbath ended at 9:13pm, was never able to get anything going against Cotto.

Cotto, who had been smarting since his November loss to Manny Pacquiao, dominated the fight with shots to Foreman’s chin and head.

Foreman seemed at a loss as to how to deal with Cotto, who clearly did not seem to mind Foreman’s power punches.

The same could not be said for Foreman. By the fourth round, Foreman was bleeding profusely from the nose.

Everything took a turn for the worse in the 7th round. Foreman, who is very active on his feet, took a horrible looking spill when his knee gave out on him. He struggled for a few minutes to walk it off, and then resumed the fight only to fall a few moments later when his knee again locked up.

WIthout his footwork to keep him out of harm’s way, Foreman was a sitting duck.

Cotto ended things in the 9th with a left hook to Foreman’s body, causing Foreman’s knees to again buckle and forcing the TKO.

According to reports after the fight, Foreman’s knee suffered a torn meniscus and stretched ligaments and will require surgery.
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