Boxing's return to Yankee Stadium was memorable in a bizarre manner, as Miguel Cotto stopped a hobbled but incredibly gutsy Yuri Foreman in nine rounds to win the WBA junior middleweight title.
Cotto (33-2, 28 KO) did largely dominate the fight, wobbling Foreman (28-1, 8 KO) many times early on with jabs and right hands. But the fight turned for sure when Foreman's knee gave out as he slipped on one of those idiotic ring logos in the seventh round.
After Foreman's knee gave out twice in the seventh and clearly wasn't improving in the eighth, his corner threw in the towel. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. refused the towel, and refused to disqualify Foreman when trainer Joe Grier entered the ring. The eighth round was mildly insane, really, and made no sense. But in the ninth, Cotto landed a vicious left to the body that ended the night.
Foreman lost the fight and wasn't particularly competitive, but he gained a lot of respect, I'm guessing, for a show of great bravery and guts. He wanted to lose his belt, not have it taken from him. He went out and lost it. He tried to war with Cotto on one leg, basically, and couldn't do it.
From the get-go, Miguel Cotto was the obviously more powerful and more complete fighter. Yuri Foreman is a great story and a damn good guy, but Cotto was focused, on-point, and in a lot of ways, back to what he did well before. He didn't attack to the body greatly, but did good work there, and was able to shake Foreman up consistently.
In the co-feature, Vanes Martirosyan was able to beat "Mean" Joe Greene by scores of 98-91 and 96-93 (twice). The fight was underwhelming from both, with Greene looking quite bad, frankly, and Martirosyan looking little more than competent.
We'll have more on the Cotto-Foreman fight tomorrow. Thanks for joining us tonight.