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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Boxing and a Bar Mitzvah

It appears as if the scheduling conflict between a Bar Mitzvah and the Yuri Foreman-Miguel Cotto match on June 5 at Yankee Stadium has been resolved. However, the fight is still not yet official. When asked how close the fight is to becoming official, Foreman told Boxing FanHouse, "I know that it's close. I don't know the details. I have a feeling that it's going to happen on June 5. I think it's going to happen. I don't know the details regarding how close or how far."

In other news, Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times wrote an interesting piece on Foreman's life that is worth a read.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Yankee Stadium, June 5th?

The bout between WBA light middleweight titlest Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) and former two-division champion Miguel Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs) was originally scheduled for June 12 in Madison Square Garden. But Top Rank head Bob Arum, who promotes both boxers, says that the fight could be moved to Yankee Stadium and a week earlier, according to Ken Belson of The New York Times. The hold up, Belson reports, is a scheduling conflict with, you guessed it, a Bar Mitzvah. Arum also claims he's still working with HBO to try and keep the match off pay-per-view.

According to BoxingScene.com, Foreman's camp has hired legendary trainer Emanuel Steward. Steward will lend his services during a few weeks of training. Foreman is ranked as the 7th best junior middleweight in the world by The Ring Magazine. His opponent, Cotto, is the 4th best welterweight and the 7th best pound-for-pound boxer in the estimation of The Ring.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Kedem to Fight in April

Featherweight Eilon Kedem is scheduled to be back in the ring on April 15, 2010 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. Kedem (10-3-4, 7 KOs) is coming off of a loss last November against Eden Sonsona (20-5, 6 KOs) on the Pacquiao-Cotto undercard. There is no scheduled opponent as of yet.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Greenberg's Next Bout, Nothing Set Yet

Initially, The Jewish Chronicle reported that heavyweight Roman Greenberg would fight in Ukraine in February. However, Greenberg's promoter Robert Waterman says that he'll be meeting with the boxer in the next few weeks to discuss his next fight.

Greenberg (27-1, 18 KOs), who was born in Moldova, hasn't fought since his contest against Cedric Boswell (31-1, 24 KOs) in August of 2008. It was the first loss in the career of the now 27-year-old Greenberg.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Foreman-Cotto, Pay-Per-View?

Apparently, the proposed fight between Yuri Foreman and Miguel Cotto, which has been close to becoming official for three weeks now, is still close to becoming official.

Lem Satterfield of Boxing FanHouse reports Bob Arum stating, "I have discussed the fight with the Cotto people, and we're trying to decide whether we should do it on pay-per-view or on HBO." Arum continued, "I just need to put it together and to finalize everything. Foreman and Cotto are both my fighters, and they want to fight each other." Both Foreman and Cotto are promoted by Arum's Top Rank.

ESPN's Dan Rafael reports that HBO is interested in the match up and has made an offer to Arum. "But," Rafael writes, "Arum has big numbers to cover for the fighters. He told me, without condemning HBO for its offer, that the numbers just don't work. Top Rank and HBO may work together on a pay-per-view, but unless something significant changes in the numbers, get ready to pay up again if it's a card that interests you."

Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com reports WBA light middleweight titlist Yuri Foreman saying of Cotto, "It doesn't surprise me that Cotto wants to fight. Cotto is a great champion. He wants to fight a good fighter and wants to fight for the title." The fight is still proposed for June 12, 2010 at Madison Square Garden.