Roy Jones Jr. Returns on Miguel Cotto vs Yuri Foreman Fight Card

King J@@KingJ323Senior Writer IJune 2, 2010

NEW YORK - JUNE 02:  Miguel Cotto and his son Miguel Jr. look on prior to the start of the Foreman v Cotto press conference on June 2, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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The Great Roy Jones Jr. Returns on Cotto vs Foreman Fight Card

According to a press release given to me by my swell executive producer friends over at HBO, this Saturday, June 5th, is the return of one of the greatest fighters who has ever set foot into the ring.

Roy Jones Jr. will fill in for HBO analyst commentator Emanuel Steward, who will be in Miguel Cotto’s corner as his new trainer when he fights undefeated junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman this Saturday, June 5th, only on HBO.

This fight is historical, for it is the first one to take place at the brand new Yankee Stadium following the long-standing tradition of the old Yankee Stadium housing some of the most legendary fights of all-time.

Classic fights such as Muhammad Ali vs Ken Norton, which took place in 1976, as well as 30 other championship fights, took place at the Bronx landmark in the Stadium's 86-year history.

Miguel Cotto (34-2-0, 27 KOs) is moving up in weight from welterweight in his attempt to oust Yuri Foreman (28-0-0, 8 KOs) from his junior middleweight throne.

Cotto is a local New York fan favorite, due to the strong Puerto Rican community following found there, and has fought several times at Madison Square Garden. Cotto has also been known never to duck anyone as he fights the best opposition willing to fight him, as he makes his comeback from getting stopped by pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao.

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So going up in weight yet again for another world title is all the more reason to be a fan of this true Puerto Rican warrior.

On the undercard, Glendale, California’s Vanes Martirosyan (27-0, 17 KOs) fights Brooklyn’s Joe Greene (22-0, 14 KOs).

Emanuel Steward will resume his expert analysis commentator duties in July for HBO.  

Roy Jones Jr. has experience working as HBO’s boxing analysis expert for HBO’s Boxing After Dark from 1996 to 2005. If you recall, he did a great job, unlike the recently let go former British Heavyweight champion, Lennox Lewis.

We fight fans can only wish that HBO rehires Roy Jones Jr. full-time as a boxing analysis expert, for he truly was the best one we have seen in several years.

Cotto vs Foreman is presented live on SATURDAY, JUNE 5 (10:15 p.m. ET/7:15 p.m. PT), only on HBO.

The broadcast team of Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman, and Roy Jones Jr. will be ringside for all the action, presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. 

Other HBO playdates:  June 6 (8:30 a.m.) and 7 (12:45 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  June 6 (4:30 p.m.) and 8 (11:00 p.m.)