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In this fight, you have two polar opposites.
A boxing superstar who is well known throughout the world and loved by his fans. He can punch hard, is a former champion, and has been at the apex of the boxing world more than once.
On the other side, you have a little known boxing champion who is more known for being an aspiring rabbi. He is a soft hitting, soft spoken young man and although he is a champion, he has been nowhere near the top of the boxing world.
Of course, the first man is Miguel Cotto and the second man is Yuri Foreman. Not only are they at polar opposites of the boxing world, they have styles that are polar opposites.
The style difference is why Foreman will hand Cotto his second straight loss and his third in his last five fights. Why the handlers of Cotto signed onto to this fight is beyond me.
Cotto is what he is: a fighter who is aggressive and counterpunches well, but is only an okay boxer. Foreman is a 5’11” pure boxer who, despite his eight knockouts in 28 wins, has some pop.
Not only is Foreman light-years ahead of Cotto in the boxing department, but he is the bigger man. His whole career has been at 154 pounds.
Cotto, on the other hand, will be giving up four inches in height, five inches in reach, and will just be the smaller man. He started his career at light welterweight and was a small welterweight.
Come fight night, he may look dwarfed by Foreman. When you are fighting a superior boxer who has a five inch reach advantage, you may be in for a long night.
Cotto does come forward and is a rough guy. His best chance is to make this a fight and not a boxing match. He also has the advantage of fighting better competition.
Cotto has beaten Carlos Maussa, Lovemore N’Dou, Randall Bailey, DeMarcus Corley, Ricardo Torres, Paulie Malignaggi, Carlos Quintana, Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, and Joshua Clottey. A very impressive resume.
His two losses are to Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao. The Margarito fight may not have been on the even, so that loss is questionable.
Foreman, on the other hand, has wins over Jesus Soto Karass, Donny McCrary, Anthony Thompson, Andrey Tsurkan, and Daniel Santos. All solid wins but nothing to get overly excited about.
The point here is that Cotto has had the eyes of New York upon him before. He has actually been here about five or six times. The pressure of fighting in front of his fans is not an issue at this point.
Foreman, on the other hand, has never been in a main event fight of this caliber in New York City. Being from Brooklyn, Foreman is going to have tremendous pressure on his shoulders and how he handles it may determine this fight.
The last thing to look at is chins. Cotto has been on the floor before but it has always been against a good puncher. Foreman has never hit the floor but hasn’t faced many big time punchers.
Cotto needs to keep his defense tight because Foreman can and will put you on the ground if the openings are there. Foreman also holds a very big speed advantage over Cotto.
Each fighter has factors going in their favor but Foreman’s size, speed, and boxing ability are going to pull him to a win. I like Cotto, but when he does lose, don’t let your jaws drop to far because you heard it hear first.
This article was originally written and published for www.sportsleak.com