If this were 1930 instead of 2010, today would have been the biggest day in the sporting calendar in New York City.
You had the Belmont, which I’m a bit embarrassed to say, I did not watch. Call me a fairweather racing fan if you want, but the lack of a Triple Crown, the lack of buildup for the race and a full slate of stuff to do around the house kept me away from the television.
However, the main event so to speak is tonight when Miguel Cotto challenges Yuri Foreman for Foreman’s WBA super middleweight title (154 pounds).
Foreman, a Belarusian immigrant and aspiring rabbi (he won’t leave his hotel to head to the Stadium until after sundown) won the belt by beating Daniel Santos last November, but is not highly regarded. His 28-0 record has only eight knockouts in it and is built on mostly journeymen.
Cotto is jumping up in weight from his usual welterweight (147 pounds) to challenge Foreman. A Puerto Rican fighter, Cotto was last seen getting just annihilated by Manny Pacquiao (ironically Foreman won his belt on the undercard of that fight).
With only two professional losses – one to Pacquiao – right now the best fighter on the planet – and the other to the now-suspect Antonio Margarito (Margarito was caught tampering with his wraps in his next fight and is still barred from fighting in the U.S. as a result) – Cotto is a popular fighter and has had success fighting in New York close to the Puerto Rican Day Parade (wins in Madison Square Garden in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009).
As it stands, Cotto and his 34-2 (27 knockouts) is the favorite against the lightly regarded Foreman despite being the smaller man [Foreman is the natural 154-pounder and having four inches in height on Cotto].
The undercard goes on the air on HBO at 10:15 ET and the main event ought to start around 11:15. If I can get back to the computer – I’ll do my best to score and live blog the bout.