By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Former two division world champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) has taken over another division, dethroning previously unbeaten WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs) in nine rounds on Saturday night in the first fight card at New York City’s famed Yankee Stadium site in 34 years. Now trained by Emanuel Steward, Cotto looked extremely sharp outboxing Foreman over the first six rounds and in the seventh stanza Foreman’s right knee buckled compromising his mobility. Someone at ringside threw in a towel in the eighth round and people entered the ring, but referee Arthur Mercante Jr. threw everyone out and resumed the fight. Cotto continued to batter Foreman dropping him with a left to the body in round nine and the bout was then waved off. Time was :42.
In an intriguing battle of undefeated jr. middleweights, WBO #3/WBC #6/WBA #8/IBF #8 Vanes Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over WBA #9/WBC #12 “Mean” Joe Greene (22-1, 14 KOs). Martirosyan scored a knockdown in the final moments to punctuate a 96-93, 96-93, 98-91 win. Vanes retains his NABF and NABO belts.
WBA #10/WBC #14 super welterweight Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over James Moore (17-3, 10 KOs). Scores were 97-93, 96-94, 97-93.
Local featherweight prospect Jorge “King” Diaz improved to 14-0 (9 KOs), pummeling Jae Sung Lee (10-3-1, 7 KOs) of South Korea until referee Sparkle Lee stopped the bout at 1:54 of the 6th and final round.
It was a family affair as Miguel Cotto’s cousin, Abner “Pin” Cotto (8-0, 4 KOs), won a workmanlike 6 round unanimous decision over tough Texan Edgar Portillo (6-5-1, 4 KOs) in a lightweight contest. Judges Luis River and Larry Hazzard Jr. scored the bout 59-55 each, while judge Ruggiero saw it 58-56 for the fighter from Caguas, Puerto Rico.
In a battle of New Yorkers, Christian Martinez knocked Jonathan Cuba down once in round 3 and twice in round 4, prompting referee Sparkle Lee to call a halt to the bout at 1:18 of the fourth and final round. With the win, Martinez improves to 4-0 (4 KOs) while Jonathan Cuba falls to 2-2 (2 KOs).