Tonight I witnessed one of the best boxing matches in a long time. This bout was between Miguel Cotto and Yuri Foreman at the new Yankee Stadium.
The reward for winning tonights fight was Foreman's WBA Super Welterweight Title Belt.
Miguel Cotto hasn't been the same fighter since losing to Antonio Margarito Jr. two years ago, but did somewhat look like the Miguel Cotto of old, while at the same time looking like a new and improved Miguel Cotto.
As for Foreman, I've never seen him fight before, but was impressed with his heart in tonights fight with the still very dangerous Miguel Cotto.
From start to finish, it was a fight. I think Foreman only clinched maybe 3-5 times in the entire fight, and this was only when he was hurt by a punch or when his knee was giving out.
To sum up how the fight went, Cotto dominated Foreman the entire fight. In my eyes, he won every round. He used the jab very well on Foreman, and had better movement all around.
It wasn't until rounds eight and nine that Foreman's knee gave out on him and he fell several times. The fight was almost stopped when an unknown person threw a towel in the ring and it wasn't from Foreman's cornermen.
But due to the great refereeing by Arthur Mercante Jr., the fight was allowed to go on after he cleared the ring and gave both fighters an ample amount of time to recoup themselves before the fight was restarted.
Once Mercante let the fighters continue, Cotto could smell blood and was on the prowl. Round eight finished as a slugfest between the two and the crowd was on their feet.
From the start of round nine, Cotto's jab and hooks were flowing smoothly. All of them were landing flush on Yuri Foreman.
He was changing levels too. Going from Foreman's head with 1-2 combo's to the body with Cotto's infamous left hook.
Eventually, Cotto faked out Forman with a left hook that went from the head to the body. This dropped Foreman and the fight was stopped there.
As a result of this fight, I think Miguel Cotto is back in top form after his destructive loss to Manny Pacquiao and has found a new home for himself at Super Welterweight.
Yuri Foreman wasn't well known or strongly supported before this fight, but after seeing his strong heart and battling with Miguel Cotto when he was cornered, he will surely be a fan favorite from now on.
As for the referee, Arthur Mercante Jr., I feel the sport of boxing needs more referee's like him because of the phenominal job he did tonight and the way he commanded respect from everyone tonight.
I know there isn't such a thing, but I'm going to consider this the fight of the month for boxing.
If you saw this fight, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If not, I feel really bad for you because you missed a very interesting boxing match in a long time.
Let's hope the next few upcoming fights are just as good.