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June 14, 2010
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June 14, 2010

For The Record

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By Miguel Cotto, the first boxing match at the new Yankee Stadium, a ninth-round TKO of Yuri Foreman last Saturday. By battering the taller (by four inches) and previously undefeated Foreman (now 28--1), the 5'7" Cotto captured the WBA super welterweight title and put to rest the notion that he was over the hill at age 29. Dominating on each of the three judges' scorecards, Cotto (35--2) appeared to have won by TKO early in the seventh when someone in Foreman's corner tossed a towel into the ring, signaling that an injury to the fighter's right knee had become too painful to overcome. Instead, referee Arthur Mercante Jr. (whose late father refereed the last match at the old Yankee Stadium, Muhammad Ali's 1976 win over Ken Norton) tossed the towel out, consulted with Foreman and—after clearing the ring of celebrants—resumed the bout. Two rounds later, after Cotto dropped his foe again, Mercante called a halt to the fight. Afterward, Cotto's boots were handed over to the Baseball Hall of Fame, while Cotto's promoter, Bob Arum, began beating the drums for a possible rematch with one of the two men who have beaten Cotto: Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito.

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