When Yuri Foreman meets Miguel Cotto in a boxing ring in right field at Yankee Stadium this June, two of New York’s largest ethnic minorities will be represented in what could be the fight of the summer.
Foreman, a Russian Jew who grew up in Israel, is the defending super welterweight champion, but top billing goes to the Puerto Rico-born Cotto a three-time title holder.
The appeal of an inter-ethnic battle royal is not lost on master promoter Bob Arum, who set up the fight.
“It’s great, like the old times when you had Jewish and Irish and Italian fighters,” said Arum. “It made for a lot of interesting drama.”
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