Promoter trying to stage Miguel Cotto-Yuri Foreman fight
The promoter for both new world light-middleweight champion Yuri Foreman and former welterweight champ Miguel Cotto is working to have the pair fight for Foreman's WBA belt June 12 at Madison Square Garden.
"Both fighters want to make the fight, and they'll both be here [in New York] to try to get it done this weekend," said promoter Bob Arum, whose company, Top Rank, will stage a featherweight world title fight Saturday at MSG between La Puente's Steven Luevano and Puerto Rico's Juan Manuel Lopez.
Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs) is coming off a 12th-round TKO loss to Manny Pacquiao in November, and he was also beaten up badly a year earlier in a controversial loss to Antonio Margarito, who later had his license revoked in California for having plaster-covered inserts inside his hand wraps.
Cotto is also reeling from a devastating personal loss following the Jan. 5 heart attack death of his father and manager, Miguel Cotto Sr.
A Cotto-Foreman fight would likely be a compelling draw in New York, with the bout timed to coincide with the Puerto Rican Day parade, and increasing interest in local product Foreman, who captured his belt on the same night Pacquiao beat Cotto.
Photo: Yuri Foreman. Credit: Joe Kohen, Getty Images.