Cotto vs Foreman, Martirosyan vs Green Live On HBO This Saturday

Two formidable opponents with intriguing backstories square off in a junior middleweight title clash when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: YURI FOREMAN VS. MIGUEL COTTO AND VANES MARTIROSYAN VS. JOE GREENE is presented live SATURDAY, JUNE 5 (10:15 p.m. ET/7:15 p.m. PT) from the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, exclusively on HBO. The broadcast team of Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will be ringside for all the action, presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino.. Roy Jones Jr., who worked as an analyst on the Boxing After Dark series from 1996 to 2005, will be pinch-hitting for Emanuel Steward on the telecast. Steward, who serves as Cotto’s trainer, will resume his HBO broadcast duties in July. Other HBO playdates: June 6 (8:30 a.m.) and 7 (12:45 a.m.)- HBO2 playdates: June 6 (4:30 p.m.) and 8 (11:00 p.m.)

Undefeated junior middleweight titleholder Yuri Foreman (28-0-0, 8 KOs) defends his crown against former 147-pound champ Miguel Cotto (34-2-0, 27 KOs) in the “Stadium Slugfest.” The bout is the centerpiece of the first boxing card at the new Yankee Stadium, continuing the former Yankee Stadium’s long and proud tradition as one of the world’s premier boxing venues. The ring, along with thousands of additional seats, will be set up in right field for what promises to be a memorable night for the sweet science.

A Belarusian-born, Israeli-raised, Orthodox Jew who now makes his home in Brooklyn, the 29-year-old Foreman fights with a compelling combination of heart and determination, delivering in-and-out combinations that often leave opponents frustrated. His formidable stature and enormously long reach allow him to shrink the ring and keep opponents on their heels. Foreman is coming off a near-perfect fight last November when he defeated reigning 154-pound titleholder Daniel Santos, triggering an outpouring of pride in the Jewish community. Outside the ring, Foreman is an aspiring rabbi and ardent Yankees fan who enjoys solid support from New York City boxing community. Unwilling to sit on his title and battle ordinary opponents, Foreman is ready to test his mettle against one of the elite fighters.

The best Puerto Rican boxer since Felix Trinidad, former three-time world champ Cotto wants to bounce back after a tough defeat at the hands of superstar Manny Pacquiao last November. Cotto, who never ducks a challenge, is a relentless pressure fighter who can fire ferocious body shots and thunderous left hooks, and has defeated such brawlers as Carlos Quintana, Shane Mosley, Joshua Clottey, Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah. Under the bright lights of Yankee Stadium, he will feed off the energy of his legions of New York supporters. Cotto has become enormously popular in New York, as his success at Madison Square Garden and his Puerto Rican heritage have spurred many New York City boxing fans to rally around his events.

The opening bout is a ten-round junior middleweight bout featuring undefeated contenders looking to elevate their national standing, as Vanes Martirosyan (27-0, 17 KOs) of Glendale, Cal. trades with Brooklyn southpaw Joe Greene (22-0, 14 KOs).

The June 5 Yankee Stadium showdown marks the first pro fight at the Bronx landmark since September 1976, when Muhammad Ali decisioned Ken Norton. The former Yankee Stadium played host to 30 championship bouts in its 86-year history.

All HBO boxing events are broadcast in HDTV. HBO viewers must have access to the HBO HDTV channel to watch HBO programming in high definition.

The executive producer of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Rick Bernstein; producer, Jon Crystal; director, Marc Payton. ® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.

The Official Cotto-Foreman Wednesday Notebook

BRONX, NY (June 2, 2010) -- Good morning Mr. and Mrs. America and all the boxing fans at sea. Let’s go to press.

WHO’S ON FIRST? . . . We know that Miguel Cotto and Yuri Foreman will engage in the first world championship fight in Yankee Stadium but who will be forever remembered as the first to ever fight in Yankee Stadium? Answer: A pair of New York junior welterweights. Undefeated CHRISTIAN MARTINEZ (3-0, 3 KOs), and JONATHAN CUBA (2-1, 2 KOs), will go toe-to-toe in Yankee Stadium’s inaugural brawl. Both will be on hand at Wednesday’s final news conference at Yankee Stadium and available for interviews.

GREAT SCOTT! . . . Scott Ballan, who was kind enough to change the date of his bar mitzvah to accommodate “Stadium Slugfest,” will be attending Wednesday’s news conference with his father John, meeting all the principals of the card…

COTTO TAKES ATTENDANCE . . . Three world titles in two different divisions isn’t the only legacy MIGUEL COTTO boasts. The Pride of Puerto Rico is also New York’s No. 1 box office attraction. Miguel’s six fights at Madison Square Garden, dating back to 2005, with many coming on the eve of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, have sold approximately 93,000 seats, easily making him New York’s most popular – and bankable – fighter for the past decade. On June 5, Miguel will become New York’s first and only fighter to have sold over 100,000 tickets in this millennium. The breakdown is as follows: Muhammad Abdullaev – 12,000 (June 11, 2005), Paulie Malignaggi – 15,000 (June 10, 2006), Zab Judah – 21,000, a complete sellout (June 9, 2007), Shane Mosley – 18,000 (November 10, 2007), Michael Jennings – 12,000 (February. 21, 2009) and Joshua Clottey – 15,000 (June 13, 2009)…

THE FANS WEIGH IN . . . The Official Weigh-In for “Stadium Slugfest” at Yankee Stadium will be open to the public and admission will be free. The gates to the Great Hall will open at 2:30 p.m. with the main event and co-main event stepping on the scale, beginning at 3:00 p.m., followed by the undercard. Concession stands selling food and fight merchandise will be open…

CANADIAN COLD FRONT . . . Toronto Maple Leaf’s tough guy and Yuri Foreman fan COLTON ORR will be sitting ringside rooting on Israel’s first boxing world champion as a guest of Foreman and his manager Murray Wilson …

REMOTE PATROL . . . With appearances on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, ESPN's E:60 with Jeremy Schaap and Versus' The Daily Line already under his belt, look for a feature on Yuri Foreman This Friday! at 10 p.m. ET on FOX News' "On The Record, with Greta Van Susteren"...

COTTO CAUGHT STREAKING . . . Since 1994, Miguel Cotto has held a world title. He'll be looking to extend that streak on June 5 when he challenges World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman. If successful, Cotto will become a four-time world champion in three different divisions. Cotto captured the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) 140-pound title with a sixth-round TKO of Kelson Pinto, July 11, 2004 in Puerto Rico. After six successful title defenses, through June 10, 2006, he vacated the title and captured the vacant WBA welterweight title with a fifth-round stoppage of Carlos Quintana, in Atlantic City, on December 2, 2006. He wore that championship belt through four successful title defenses, until he suffered his first professional loss, to Antonio Margarito, on July 26, 2008. Cotto regained the vacant WBO welterweight title in his next fight, knocking out Michael Jennings in the fifth round of their February 21, 2009 rumble. He held that title until last November when he lost it to Manny Pacquiao...

HEY ABBOT! . . . Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM will be served his just desserts at a tribute dinner hosted by the Friars Club on Thursday. Celebrities scheduled to speak include NFL great Jim Brown, who helped begin Bob’s boxing career by introducing him to Muhammad Ali; George Chuvalo, who challenged Ali for the World Heavyweight Championship in 1966, in the first fight ever promoted by Bob; former World Lightweight Champion Ray “Boom Boom”Mancini and seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. HBO's Jim Lampley will act as Master of Ceremonies...

LIGHTS! CAMERAS! ARUM! . . . Bob Arum will be pulling double duty Saturday night. Not only will he be promoting Yankee Stadium’s first fight, he will also be filming a scene with actor Stacy Keach for the new FX boxing-theme television series “Lights Out,” which will make its debut in January 2011…

Cotto vs. Foreman will headline “Stadium Slugfest” -- the inaugural brawl at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, June 5. It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET / 7:15 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions and Yankee Stadium, remaining tickets to Cotto vs. Foreman, priced at $400, $300, $200, $100, $75 and $50, can be purchased at the Yankee Stadium box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and To charge by phone, 800-982-2787. For more information on Cotto vs. Foreman, go to

Article posted on 03.06.2010

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