3 Jun 2010

Boxing returns to Yankee Stadium

1:04 pm on 3 June 2010

Jabs and uppercuts will replace line drives and home runs this weekend at Yankee Stadium in New York as championship boxing returns to the ballpark in the Bronx for the first time in nearly 34 years.

Yuri Foreman, an orthodox Jew who is nearing completion of his rabbinical studies in Brooklyn, will defend his WBA super welterweight title against former champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico in what is being billed as the "Stadium Slugfest."

The scheduled 12-round fight will be the first non-baseball event held in the 2 billion dollar stadium that opened last year as the new home of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees.

It will renew a storied past as boxing greats like Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton all fought in the old Yankee Stadium across the street.