Posts Tagged ‘Gleason’s Gym

20
Apr
11

I’ll beat Pacquiao, rematch Floyd, then retire – Mosley

Shane Mosley has revealed he is aiming to run the gauntlet of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr before hanging up his gloves.

Mosley (46-6-1) faces Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title at the MGM Grand on May 7, one year after he lost to Mayweather on a unanimous decision.

The 39-year-old Mosley, who is without a win since January 2009, is aiming to bow out on a high note, having shown signs of a steep decline in recent years. He was discussed as the pound-for-pound king at the turn of the century, before falling to back-to-back defeats against Winky Wright in 2002.

Now he wants to repair his bruised reputation by avenging the defeat he suffered against Mayweather. “I have to give it my 100% all, give it everything I got, beat Pacquiao, we can do a rematch, fight Mayweather, and I think that’s pretty much it for me,” Mosley told the On the Ropesradio show. “Then I will go off and I will stop helping these young fighters become world champions and get into another side of the business.”

Mosley has accused Pacquiao of being easy to hit, and he is taking heart from the efforts of Antonio Margarito, who battled valiantly against the Filipino last year before coming off worse in a points decision.

“Pacquiao’s not the hardest person to hit so I’m going to have a pretty good advantage with being able to hit him,” Mosley said. “I think it’s going to be an exciting fight because both me and Manny like to fight. We both fight hard and we come to fight.

“I think with my size it’s going to help me a lot because I’m a lot faster than the guys that he’s fought and my timing is probably a little better than theirs, especially Margarito’s, and being that Margarito was able to hit him a few times I think that I have a better chance of hitting him a lot on the button.”

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01
Apr
11

MANAGER / TRAINER GIL CLANCY RIP

 

Gil Clancy

BOXING MANAGER / TRAINER GIL CLANCY

 

CANASTOTA, NY – MARCH 31, 2011 –  The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of manager / trainer Gil Clancy. He passed away early this morning. He was 88.

Clancy began training young amateurs at the PAL boxing gym in Queens, New York and eventually rose to prominence as one of boxing’s great boxing trainers and managers. During his career Clancy worked with Ralph “Tiger” Jones, Rodrigo Valdes, Juan LaPorte, Johnny Persol, Jorge Ahumada, Harold Weston, Tom Bethea, Jerry Quarry, Gerry Cooney, Oscar De La Hoya and Hall of Famers Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Ken Buchanan. However, he is best known for his 20-year association with legendary Hall of Famer Emile Griffith, whom Clancy and Howie Albert guided to the welterweight and middleweight crowns. In 1967 and 1973, the Boxing Writers Association of America named him the Manager of the Year. From 1978 – 1981, Clancy was matchmaker for Madison Square Garden Boxing. He was also one of the premiere boxing analysts on MSG Network, CBS and HBO in the 1980s and 90s. In 1983, the Boxing Writers Association of America presented him with the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Broadcasting Journalism.

“Gil Clancy was one of boxing’s truly great minds,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy.  “As a trainer and manager he was held in the highest regard by his peers. The Hall of Fame is saddened by the loss of our friend.”

In 1993, Clancy was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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20
Jun
10

Last Words from Ward and Green Camps

boxingby Waldon “TBD” White- On Saturday June 19th WBA Champion Andre Ward who weighed in at 167 & 3/4lbs defends his title against Allan Green coming in today at 166lbs at the Oracle Arena in Oakland California. This fight is a part of Showtime’s Super Six Boxing Classic tournament starting at 10 PM ET/PT which will determine the best of the best in the exciting 168 pound Super Middleweight Division. Tomorrow’s fight will be one of the biggest test for unbeaten Olympian Andre Ward who is the favorite his upcoming bout with the dangerous Allan Green. Many words have been said by both camps in regards to the other in this intriguing match up which will be one of Ward’s toughest test to date. Green, who feels that he shouldn’t have been overlooked originally during the composition of the tournament for Jermaine Taylor will now have a chance to show the world why he should have been included from the gate. Most pundits say that Green has the ability to stop the fight at anytime with one punch and holds the edge in power, while others point to Wards exceptional ring presence and natural boxing ability. Not at a loss for words both camps have traded barbs with one another and had stern warnings for their opponents. Virgil Hunter, Ward’s trainer and mentor had very sharp words for the Green camp in response to comments made by Green and his trainer..

Virgil: ” It will be a devastating victory for Andre Ward come Saturday, I’ve gotten to them… the Green camp is upset at me because I’m telling them that my fighter is going to tear their man up. I’m putting more pressure on Green because I have seen some of his flaws and he is now fighting with something to prove. I know that the first thing that happens bad in the ring to Green early on will signal the beginning of his demise. I’m going to keep the mental pressure on him and his camp and I will not let up!”

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Andre Ward not one to do much talking outside of the ring and a fighter not predisposed to pre fight trash talk let his trainer and management/promotional team do most of the speaking. Andre stated that he’s ready to talk inside the ring and defend his title successfully against Allan Green rather than get into a mental war of words before the fight takes place. Today after the weigh in during the face off Ward and Green clearly began to talk to each other with the two eventually having to be separated. The tension that has built for this fight was clearly evident at the weigh in with Green’s camp highly emotional and energized ready to fight. Andre Ward displayed a almost unreal calmness and focused disposition up until the face off which showed a rare look at Wards more aggressive side usually only reserved for the ring. Allen Green looked determined to prove his place in the division and quite ready to get it on in the ring as well. I asked Green if he had any last words for the public and his detractors before the fight.

Allan Green: “I mean I feel great I’m just ready to relax and eat and prepare myself for the fight tomorrow.”

TBD: “What were you and Andre Ward talking about when you were in each other’s faces at the faceoff?”

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Allan Green: “Well he kept saying I was a bully and I have my time coming and that it’s going to take a whole lot to dissect me and if my mother was not here right now I’d tell you the rest!”

It would seem that some bad blood has been thrown into the pool and tomorrow’s match will not be for the feint of heart as Allen Green has indicated that although he will not look for a knockout he will take it any moment that the Champion makes a mistake in the ring. Andre Ward and his camp believe that his discipline, work ethic and focus will enable him to make the best showing of his career. One thing that is for sure is that tomorrow’s fight will be exciting with many believing the winner will be the favorite to take the rest of the tournament. One thing is clear to me…Both of these men have come to fight.

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10
Jun
10

Shigeyuki Uchiyama Loses His Ear During MMA Bout

Shigeyuki Uchiyama ear 2

Things were going according to plan for Shigeyuki Uchiyama as he put together combinations of punches and knees, taking control of his fight against Masaya “J-Taro” Takita.  However, only a few minutes into the second round, a double-leg takedown would cost Uchiyama both his ear and the fight.

Let’s call this his Evander Holyfield moment.

Shigeyuki Uchiyama ear 3

While performing the takedown, Uchiyama’s cauliflowered ear was clipped off by a vertical rope along the side of the ring.  A rather large piece of his ear could be seen on the canvas and it was not long before officials called the bout due to a doctors decision at 2:57 of the second round.

Shigeyuki Uchiyama ear

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05
Jun
10

Foreman, Cotto make weight

Chris Farina/Top RankYuri Foreman 154 vs Miguel Cotto 153.5
(WBA super welterweight championship)
Vanes Martirosyan 153.75 vs Mean Joe Greene 151.5
(NABF, NABO super welterweight championship)
Venue: Yankee Stadium, NYC
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO

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03
Jun
10

Cotto-Foreman presser

Three time world champion Miguel Cotto, Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, New York Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost and undefeated WBA world super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman pose during the final press conference, Wednesday at the Yankee Stadium where Cotto and Foreman will fight for the world super welterweight championship, Saturday, June 5 on HBO Championship Boxing.

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29
May
10

Cotto-Steward-Arum Interview Transcript

WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto poses during the weigh-in for his bout against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 13, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao and Cotto will meet in a WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand on November 14.  Pacquiao weighed in at 144 pounds and Cotto weighed in at 145 pounds.

BOB ARUM: It is unquestionable that Miguel Cotto is the most popular fighter in New York. He has demonstrated that year after year with tremendous crowds at Madison Square Garden and now he has the honor and privilege of fighting at the Home of Champions. Everybody in New York is talking about his fight with Yuri Foreman. The publicity, in the newspapers and the full-page article in The Wall Street Journal, has been enormous. Miguel’s opponent Yuri Foreman is the first Israeli champion. People all over New York are talking, who don’t normally talk about boxing, are talking about this fight. This is a tribute to Miguel Cotto and all he has put into boxing and how he has endeared himself to his fans in the city of New York..

EMMANUEL STEWARD: Everything has gone way, way better than I have ever expected. It is a phenomenal experience for me at this stage of my life to be working with a great fighter like Miguel. What he had done in the junior welterweight division, he fought everyone and did the same in the welterweight division. After working with him I was very surprised at the talent that he has. One thing Bruce Trampler told me was that Miguel is his favorite fighter because he never complained about any opponent and fought all of them. He gives the best to the fans, which is why he is one of the most popular fighters in boxing. This fight between Miguel and Yuri represents two of the largest ethnic groups in New York. I have been all over the world for big fights but nothing like this. He is like my Tommy Hearns type of a fighter, which means he is not fighting for his own personal victory but he carries the weight of a whole country. Not only the Puerto Rico fans in New York but for Puerto Ricans everywhere. It is a fight we are putting a lot of effort into and there is a lot on the line and his training has been phenomenal – over 100 rounds of boxing with very sharp and fast young fighters. I am very happy with his conditioning.

No one has sold more tickets in the last 10 years than Miguel Cotto. What is it like coming back to New York the week before the Puerto Rican Day Parade?

MIGUEL COTTO: First of all I would like to thank all of the Puerto Rican fans that have come to the arenas over the past years to watch my fights. I am very excited about fighting in Yankee Stadium and all of the fans that will go to the Bronx to watch.

You’ve been in a lot of wars. What would you say to us how you are the same boxer you were a couple of years ago?

MIGUEL COTTO: I wouldn’t be in this position right now, going to Yankee Stadium without that and fighting against a world champion Yuri Foreman. It is amazing for me and I am always training to be at the same level. I agree with Emanuel, we are working very hard in training camp, more than we expected. We are waiting for the night of the fight to show and prove to everybody what we have done in the gym and the fans are going to love it.

Miguel Cotto 29 Years Old Birthday

Your last fight was very tough against Pacquiao. How much did that fight take out of you?

MIGUEL COTTO: Like I said, we trained pretty good for this fight. We came in with no mind except for this fight and to come in against Yuri and I am more than 100% sure we are going to be the new WBA champion this time.

How will it be for you to put on the extra weight?

MIGUEL COTTO: It is the same when I jumped from 140 to 147 and now to 154. We worked pretty good with the strength and I feel more than good. There are no worries.

Emanuel, can you address that?

EMMANUEL STEWARD: I have never trained Miguel before but all I can go by are the comments from the people in the gym since we are training in the exact same gym where he trained for the Pacquiao fight. The people that are watching say he looks totally different from what they have seen before. His balance and movements and combinations are better so I can’t say too far beyond that. After watching so many of his rough fights, back to Margarito and even the fight with Joshua Clottey and Shane Mosley were all totally hard fights…and Manny Pacquiao. Sometimes you are going to cross a person that has changes. When I worked with Evander Holyfield after his first fight with Riddick Bowe and his other fights, I was told he was too slow and too old but he turned out to be a different individual, not only to retain the title but also to have some great fights after that for his fights with Mike Tyson. I feel very good about it. I’m always going to be honest with you guys because I am part of the media. Miguel’s boxing and energy level have been fantastic. His weight is a normal weight. He is finishing up his boxing, after 10 or 12 rounds, having never been exhausted in a very hot gym and his weight has been staying around 159. That means without any extra effort he could fight at 154 or 147. He looks wonderful. You could see that Juan Manuel Marquez, who was training for Floyd Mayweather, you could the weight was very squeezed into a small frame. Miguel doesn’t look that way. He looks very normal. In fact, I think ’54 would be even better than 147. His best weight is 150 or 151 so he could fight in either weight division. He looks very comfortable and very natural and hasn’t done anything to try to keep the weight up or weight down and he’ll come in at 154. You have to remember 147 or 154 it’s only seven pounds, which wouldn’t make that much difference. He told me he was 160 pounds when he was 10 years old.

What concerns you about Yuri’s style of moving?

EMANUEL STEWARD: Everyone is focused on what Miguel has left and his style. Regardless of what preparation you have, Yuri is a very talented and underappreciated fighter who has an extremely difficult style for anyone and recently when I was in Vegas for the Mayweather-Mosley fight and I was speaking to Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns and they said I got my hands full. As good as Miguel will look it will always be a tough fight because of his style. We are more concerned about the opponent so he needs to be in great condition and Miguel looks excellent. The opponent is very difficult, but in the past, Miguel has had great success with speed opponents by cutting down the guys, whether it was Zab Judah or Paulie Malignaggi. All of those guys he had great success against by cutting off the ring. Miguel told me, “Mr. Steward, don’t worry, I will be able to cut off the ring and pressure. I am not going to worry.” So I am not worried but I have a lot of respect for the opponent. I think Yuri is a very talented fighter and on this night he is going to be so wired up with the Jewish fans and he is looking at his chance to become a big star with the New York crowd and the boxing world so I feel he is going to fight the best fight of his life. Right now, the way Miguel has been looking, it is going to be very hard for Yuri to stay away from Miguel for 12 rounds because Miguel is looking very fast with his feet right now and his combinations are wicked and his punching is awesome so I think it’s going to be a great fight, maybe in the mode of a Dempsey and Tunney situation. I think Miguel is a lot faster than a lot of people will expect from this fight. We know that Yuri is fast but Miguel is going to surprise a lot of people wit his speed.

Do you feel because Yuri only has 8 knockouts, that you have more power than him?

EMANUEL STEWARD: I don’t feel that he has great punching power but it is much better than people give him credit for. I was at a lot of his fights…the fighters he didn’t knock out were the fighters no one was knocking out. I think he is a much better puncher than people give him credit for. Any time a fighter has fast hands and can close his hands a little bit, it creates power. Paulie Malignaggi is the guy I was thinking about. Paulie has fast hands but he doesn’t have his hands closed so it is a little different. Yuri closes his hands and punches very fast to be dangerous. You can make a mistake coming in and get hit with a clean shot with one you don’t see. He punches much better than his record indicates.

EMANUEL STEWARD: Any time you are coming in with a fighter that has some very rough fights, you are concerned with the physical damage as well as mental damage. Some guys their coordination and reflexes are totally shot from the combination of the tough fights and emotions. But I did not see that from Miguel. I was very surprised in the first two days because his balance was so bad and his feet were spread so far apart and his head was down and he wasn’t throwing combinations, just one punch at a time. I made his just drop his hands and dance back and forth with his weight evenly balanced and he caught onto it and from that point on he went to a whole other level. His boxing has been superb and all of us have been very impressed. I didn’t make any major changes, just subtle changes. He had to be doing something right to be where he is so I didn’t try to make him be a whole new fighter. Just improve on a few areas, mainly the balance and the speed and maintain balance while he is punching in combinations.

MIGUEL COTTO: We are going to try and bring balance. My balance was awful before this camp and now it is much better than we expected. We have trained very hard with the balance and now we can throw punches and maintain the balance. That is one of the things we have worked very hard on in this camp.

Miguel Cotto

EMANUEL STEWARD: I feel the same way. We cannot expect to come into this fight and win by being on our toes and winning a boxing match with a guy that has the boxing skills of a Yuri Foreman. Don’t misunderstand that we are going to come in on our toes like Muhammad Ali and win a boxing match. Miguel is going to have to come in and apply good pressure while boxing. He will come in and throw seven and eight punch combinations and maintain balance while doing it. We are not going to be dancing all night. We are going to do what we have to do to break down Yuri but not get out of position.

Does he feel he needs to knock him out or can he win a decision?

EMANUEL STEWARD: I believe we don’t need to let Yuri get out in front. Yuri is a fast guy that will get out in front and his style of fighting – there could be a lot of butting involved. The way he moves, even though he is 5’11’ even though he moves around good but when he punches he bends his head when he runs in to punch. He throws a punch then he clinches. We don’t want to get behind on points figuring we can wear him down then have a cut or injury then have to stop and go to a scorecard. So we are going to have to be prepared to win every round from the first round on.

Do you feel you can win a decision?

EMANUEL STEWARD: Yes

MIGUEL COTTO: We trained hard to put on a good show on June 5th. I don’t know what is going to happen on that night, but I’m pretty sure, no matter what way, when it is over, I’m going to be the winner of the fight.

Miguel, what does it meant to you to fight in Yankee Stadium?

MIGUEL COTTO: It means a lot to fight in the legendary Yankee Stadium. I go to that place every year and I am very proud of the fans. I am going to feel like a Yankee on this night. I am going to feel like Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter.

BOB ARUM: You are absolutely right. In March when we did the fight in Cowboys Stadium with their tremendous electronics, with that big screen, everybody wrote up that boxing was coming to Cowboys Stadium. Of course, Cowboys Stadium did not have that history connected with boxing that this fabulous Yankee Stadium does. The greatest fights in history became great events in history. The Louis-Schmeling fight is a major, major event in the history of the world and that took place in Yankee Stadium. Anyone writing about the Second World War and the events leading up to the Second World War always mention the symbolic nature of the Louis-Schmeling fight. Now something new starts in this fabulous new Yankee Stadium with Miguel Cotto and Yuri Foreman. Anybody who has any kind of appreciation for history and tradition is taken in by the fact that this event is happening in Yankee Stadium.

Why do you think Cotto and Foreman were good choices for this first fight back at Yankee Stadium?

BOB ARUM: Miguel Cotto, over the last ten years, has sold more boxing tickets than any other pugilist in New York. He is the New York attraction. He proves it year after year. Yuri Foreman, his whole history, he has lived in Brooklyn for a long while and is part of the very large Jewish ethnic population in the city, he is an observant religious Jew who is going to become a rabbi – he fits in New York City better than he fits in Tel Aviv.

How does a boxer lose his balance?

MIGUEL COTTO: When you talk about balance, it is the way you throw punches and stay right on your feet. That is the balance we are talking about. Sometimes you can throw more than two punches and stay there. And stay there after the punches.

Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico looks on before taking on Manny Pacquiao during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I never really had a problem to reach 147 pounds. Boxing is a business. If we have a better opponent at a lower weight, we can always go back to 147 without a lot of trouble. To fight in Yankee Stadium? There is a lot of pleasure for me to fight there. Like I said, a lot of good things happened over the years for the Yankees there. To be the first fight in this new place is more than an honor.

EMANUEL STEWARD: We have a lot of respect for Yuri Foreman. I always speak very honest and Yuri Foreman is a very difficult opponent and just last week we went to Yankee Stadium and it was very emotional and Miguel went to a whole different level. I feel that Miguel has the edge going into the fight. A few weeks ago I thought it was a 50/50 fight but this last week Miguel has been sensational in his boxing. Starting last Thursday and Friday his workouts have been so that he would be extremely competitive with any welterweight or super welterweight in history and done extremely well.

MIGUEL COTTO: When you talk about devastating knockouts, you talk about the guy never getting up. That’s a devastating knockout. I always do the most I can in my fight. I am really motivated because that’s the way I work. That’s what my family expects from me. They expect a lot from me and I get paid to do my work.

What has your father meant?

MIGUEL COTTO: He is with me. He is not here physically. On January 3rd, the day my father died, he is still by my side and he is going to be with me the night of the fight.

Emanuel, did it take much persuading to get you to take on this job?

EMANUEL STEWARD: No, I have always been a big fan of Miguel’s. I had agreed to work with Yuri Foreman but not in a great capacity – head trainer or anything of that nature. I was in Austria training with Wladimir Klitschko and I saw on the internet that I would be working with him for maybe a couple of weeks, but clearly not as the head trainer, which was something I never expected anyway. I said to Murray evidently there must be some hostility and I said I didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes. They have done a great job getting Yuri Foreman to where he is and I was going to show him some moves that would help him with his punching power. I told him if we can’t work comfortable, I will just work with Miguel because I have always been such a big fan of his. I don’t like working with a boxer that I don’t have a strong feeling for and that’s why, like with Klitschko and Lennox, after meeting his people and we were all very comfortable. I haven’t made any drastic changes taking over his training camp; I work within his system he was working with. I just changed some of his sparring partners that had speed and balance. He has a great conditioning program. I work with him and I talk with him and I added experience to the camp. Joe Santiago has been working very well with me and we discuss strategy before the workouts. I am still a great friend of Murray Wilson and some of the comments he made hurt me so much and I told him you let certain guys say things and then call me up asking for a response to send traffic to their web site. He’ll have a great night of boxing then go back to his restaurant. I have been in camps where there is backstabbing and this is the camp where I am happy. It is a major challenge to me at this stage of my career, being a hired gun like I did back in the 90’s with Holyfield and Oliver McCall and Oscar De La Hoya, so this is a big challenge for me. I know that Yuri Foreman is going to be very wired up for this fight, as well as Miguel.

EMANUEL STEWARD: When I was leaving the arena in Atlantic City after the Pavlik-Martinez fight, I was bombarded by so many Puerto Rican fans, many of whom hadn’t even come to the fight, but they were waiting for me and I never had any idea that this man was so popular with the Puerto Rican fans, even though I had known of his record crowds at The Garden. I had to tell Larry Merchant and Jim Lampley to go ahead and I had to walk on the boardwalk, in the rain and by the time I got the hotel, which is normally ten minutes away, and it took over an hour to get there. They were telling me that Miguel was all that they have and it really has put a burden on me. So I have put my heart and soul into this training camp, not just to win the fight – there is a lot on the line in this fight for Miguel Cotto. It is a very emotional fight in a lot of ways for our camp.

What did you do to help Miguel regain his balance?

EMANUEL STEWARD: Any fighter you see of mine is going to have good balance and distribution of weight. What I did with Miguel, make him drop his hands ad move to the left and the right, is what I have done with all of my fighters. When I did it with Klitschko he started to laugh because that’s what he did when he was 14. That’s why they are dominating fighters because they teach balance in the European countries. Eventually Miguel got to the point where he was throwing seven or eight punches and his feet were working at the same time and his weight was evenly balanced. I always operate behind the jab and good timing, regardless of the height. I was even surprised that Miguel’s coordination was better than Chavez and some of the other fighters I worked with. I feel very good about the fight as it is getting close and we are very excited to get to New York and I think it is going to be a very dramatic fight because a lot of emotions are going to be brought into the ring that night and the fans are going to get their money’s worth.

Closing Comments…

BOB ARUM: It should be a great fight on Saturday, June 5 and certainly a wonderful night for boxing and don’t overlook the semi-final, two undefeated junior middleweights Vanes Martirosyan faces Joe Greene which should be a terrific fight – one of them is going to lose his 0, and it should be a great night of boxing.

EMANUEL STEWARD: I am excited about myself being in Yankee Stadium and a big crowd makes a good fight a great fight. The fighters will feed off the energy of a big crowd.

MIGUEL COTTO: I am very excited abut this fight on June 5 and this is our last week or training and I can’t wait to go to Yankee Stadium to put on a good show for all the fans and go back to Puerto Rico as champion with another belt.

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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 Ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone, 800-982-2787. For more information on Cotto vs. Foreman, go to www.TopRank.com.

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