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BY TSS Press ON April 08, 2010
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Yankee Stadium will host the “Stadium Slugfest”—a world title boxing match between World Boxing Association
(WBA) super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto—on Saturday,
June 5, 2010, it was announced today in a press conference at Yankee Stadium.  The announcement featured both
fighters and their camps, Hall of Fame promoter and Chairman of Top Rank, Bob Arum, Melvina Lathan of the New
York State Athletic Commission and HBO Sports Sr. Vice President Mark Taffet.  Foreman vs. Cotto is promoted by
Top Rank, in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions and Yankee Stadium. HBO World Championship Boxing will
televise the fight live nationally at 10:15 p.m. ET / 7:15 p.m. PT.

"The original Yankee Stadium had a great tradition of boxing, and with this fight we begin a new tradition in our
new home," said Lonn Trost, Yankees Chief Operating Officer. “Yankee Stadium will provide a great backdrop for
what will definitely be a magical night for the sport of boxing, in what we hope is the first of many fights in our
prestigious home.”

"The inaugural promotion at Yankee Stadium is perfect for this location,” said Bob Arum, Chairman of Top Rank.  “It
should be a great night of boxing and I believe this will lead to other great nights of boxing at Yankee Stadium."

Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs), a 29-year-old from Brooklyn, N.Y., is the first orthodox Jew to win a world championship in
nearly seven years.  Born in Gomel, Belarus, and raised in Israel, Foreman immigrated to Brooklyn.  The 2001 New
York Golden Gloves Champion turned pro in 2002 and began studying to become a rabbi three years ago.  He
knocked down defending champion Daniel Santos in the final round of a 12-round fight on November 4, 2009, en
route to a decisive and unanimous decision victory and Israel’s first boxing world title.

"It is a great honor to have my first title defense at Yankee Stadium and join the names of such fighters as Benny
Leonard, Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali, and to represent Israel and the Jewish people," Foreman said.

Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, has held a world title every year since 2004 and will be looking to
extend that streak with his challenge of Foreman.  Puerto Rico’s most exciting fighter, Cotto held the World Boxing
Organization (WBO) junior welterweight crown from 2004-06, successfully defending it six times before vacating it
to capture the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title at the end of 2006, a title he held for nearly as
long.  He won his second welterweight title in February 2009, knocking out Michael Jennings in the fifth round of a
12-round fight to become the WBO welterweight champion.  He lost the title in his second defense, on November
4, 2009, to Manny Pacquiao.  Notable victories for Cotto include Sugar Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Joshua Clottey,
Paulie Malignaggi, and Demarcus Corley.

“I'm very excited to be fighting at Yankee Stadium and ready to make history in this legendary venue,” Cotto said.
“I will become champion again in a third weight class. On June 5th, the fans will celebrate"

—more—

© New York Yankees 2010 • www.yankees.com • www.yankeesbeisbol.com
STADIUM SLUGFEST ON JUNE 5, 2010 AT YANKEE STADIUM, continued

In the inaugural boxing match at Yankee Stadium, the boxing ring will be located in short right-centerfield with
seating for fans located on the field as well as in the Yankee Stadium stands.

“June 5th is an awesome night for the sport of boxing,” said Kery Davis, senior vice president of programming at
HBO Sports.  “We are thrilled that the first-ever prizefight at Yankee Stadium will be televised live on HBO and we
know that these two first-class performers will come into the ring completely prepared and ready to do what it
takes to win.  It will be a memorable night for the sport.”

The “Stadium Slugfest” marks the return of boxing to the Yankees’ home stadium for the first time since
Muhammed Ali defeated Ken Norton by a 15-round decision on September 28, 1976, at the original Yankee
Stadium. The former home of the Yankees hosted 46 nights of boxing matches, including 30 championship bouts,
over its 86-year history.

Just over a month after the facility opened in 1923, the original Yankee Stadium hosted its first fight on May 12,
1923, as a benefit for the Ann Morgan’s Milk Fund.  It featured a 15-round bout between Jess Willard and Floyd
Johnson, with Willard scoring a technical knockout win. Two months later, the first championship fight night at the
Stadium took place between Benny Leonard and Lew Tendler on July 24, 1923, with Leonard retaining his
lightweight title with a 15-round decision against Tendler.

Yankee Stadium also played host to some of the most notable fights in boxing history, including Lou Louis’
knockout of Germany’s Max Schmeling in 1938; the first televised boxing match in the United States in 1939—
featuring Lou Nova’s knockout win over Max Baer; and Sugar Ray Robinson’s collapse of heat exhaustion against
Joey Maxim in 1952.

Today’s announcement comes exactly one month after Yankee Stadium unveiled the New Era Pinstripe Bowl to
take place on December 30, 2010.  Yankee Stadium will also host the Notre Dame-Army college football game on
November 20, 2010, as well as a series of Army home football games vs. Rutgers in 2011, Air Force in 2012 and
Boston College in 2014.  In addition, NYU commencement was held at Yankee Stadium in May 2009, as well as a
“Historic Night of Hope” with Joel and Victoria Osteen in April.

The original Yankee Stadium was also the home for scores of other sports, entertainment and cultural events,
including boxing, professional football, soccer, political assemblies, three Papal masses, religious conventions,
concerts, NYU commencement and the circus.

Tickets for the “Stadium Slugfest” Foreman-Cotto boxing fight will go on sale on Friday, April 16, 2010.  More
detailed information regarding the purchase of tickets will be released in the near future.

Media members wishing to attend the “Stadium Slugfest” Foreman-Cotto boxing fight on June 5 and any of
the events in the week leading up the fight must submit their request via email to Langdon Flynn
Communications at credentials@langdonflynn.com. Please note that any Yankees, BBWAA or MLB-issued
credentials will NOT be accepted for any boxing events taking place at Yankee Stadium between June 1 and
June 5, 2010.

—nyy—

© New York Yankees 2010 • www.yankees.com • www.yankeesbeisbol.com
Main Event Fight History

May 12, 1923 ........................... Jess Willard TKO Floyd Johnson
July 23, 1923 .......................... Benny Leonard DEC Lew Tendler
June 25, 1924 ................................... Harry Greb DEC Ted Moore
May 30, 1925 ................... Paul Berlenbach DEC Mike McTigue
Sept. 11, 1925................. Paul Berlenbach TKO Jimmy Slattery
Sept. 21, 1925.......................... Mickey Walker DEC Dave Shade
June 10, 1926 ............... Paul Berlenbach DEC Young Stribling
May 20, 1927 ......................... Jack Sharkey KO Jimmy Maloney
July 21, 1927 ............................. Jack Dempsey KO Jack Sharkey
August 11, 1927 ............... Jack Delaney DQ Paolino Uzcudun
July 26, 1928 ............................ Gene Tunney TKO Tom Heeney
June 27, 1929 .............. Max Schmeling DEC Paolino Uzcudun
July 18, 1929 ............ Tommy Loughran DEC James Braddock
Sept. 25, 1929.................... Jack Sharkey KO Tommy Loughran
June 12, 1930 ........................ Max Schmeling DQ Jack Sharkey
July 17, 1930 ................................ Al Singer KO Sammy Mandell
Sept. 11, 1930.............................. Jimmy McLarnin KO Al Singer
June 8, 1933................................... Max Baer KO Max Schmeling
June 25, 1935 ............................... Joe Louis TKO Primo Carnera
Sept. 24, 1935............................................Joe Louis KO Max Baer
June 19, 1936 ................................Max Schmeling KO Joe Louis
August 18, 1936 ................................ Joe Louis KO Jack Sharkey
August 30, 1937 ...............................Joe Louis DEC Tommy Farr
June 22, 1938 ................................Joe Louis KO Max Schmeling
June 1, 1939............................................ Lou Nova TKO Max Baer
June 23, 1939 ................................. Joe Louis TKO Tony Galento
August 22, 1939 ............... Lou Ambers DEC Henry Armstrong
June 20, 1940 ................................ Joe Louis TKO Arturo Godoy
June 19, 1946 .......................................... Joe Louis KO Billy Conn
Sept. 18, 1946................................ Joe Louis KO Tami Mauriello 
Sept. 27, 1946.............................. Tony Zale KO Rocky Graziano
June 25, 1948 .......................... Joe Louis KO Jersey Joe Walcott
Sept. 23, 1948..................................Ike Williams KO Jesse Flores
August 10, 1949 ................ Ezzard Charles TKO Gus Lesnevich
August 24, 1949 ................... Ray Robinson TKO Steve Belloise
Sept. 8, 1950 ................................ Sandy Saddler TKO Willie Pep
Sept. 27, 1950............................... Ezzard Charles DEC Joe Louis
June 27, 1951 ........................... Bob Murphy TKO Jake LaMotta
June 25, 1952 ............................Joey Maxim TKO Ray Robinson
July 28, 1952 .................... Rocky Marciano KO Harry Matthews
June 17, 1954 .................. Rocky Marciano DEC Ezzard Charles
Sept. 17, 1954...................  Rocky Marciano KO Ezzard Charles
Sept. 21, 1955.....................  Rocky Marciano KO Archie Moore
Sept. 23, 1957.....................  Carmen Basilio DEC Ray Robinson
June 26, 1959  ....... Ingemar Johansson TKO Floyd Patterson
Sept. 28, 1976........................  Muhammad Ali DEC Ken Norton

ORIGINAL YANKEE STADIUM BOXING FACTS

Total Number of Boxing Cards: 46

World Title Main Events: 
30 (16 in the heavyweight division)

Non-Title Main Events: 
16 (13 in the heavyweight division)

First Boxing Card: 
Jess Willard TKO Floyd Johnson, 5/12/23 
(to benefit the Ann Morgan’s Milk Fund)

First Championship Fight (World Lightweight Title): 
Benny Leonard DEC Lew Tendler, 7/24/23  

Most Main Events Fought: 
Joe Louis, 11 (10-1 all-time record at Yankee Stadium)

Highest Paid Attendance: 
Joe Louis KO Max Baer, 9/24/35 – 88,150
 
Boxing Cards by Decade:
• 1920s – 14
• 1930s – 13
• 1940s – 8
• 1950s – 10
• 1960s – 0
• 1970s - 1

Source: International Boxing Hall of Fame

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