My primary interest in Saturday night's Stadium Slugfest was not who would win the fight. To be honest, I know zilch about Miguel Cotto and Yuri Foreman.
In fact, I know I messed up and called Cotto "Henry" at first. Must of had the former Yankee outfielder on the brain.
Top Rank, which promotes both fighters, has shown that sometimes, when you have a fight that isn't exactly a red-hot ticket (this one, Pacquiao-Clottey), you can use a venue as another star. The intrigue surrounding the Cowboys Stadium bout and this one at Yankee Stadium helped both shows as events.
The new Yankee Stadium didn't get off to a roaring start with boxing, perhaps, but it was a fine host for the sport on Saturday night. The main event drew a lot of reaction from those who showed up, and the hope now is that those people will come back next time, and convince others that it's awesome to see a fight in a place like Yankee Stadium. A bigger fight could easily do twice the audience that this one did, and re-establish Yankee Stadium as a major host for big-time boxing.
- Be sure to check out Steve LePore's initial media column today. Some awesome stuff in there about LeBron James, and a fun feud between Phil Mushnick and Michael Kay.
- If you are a Yankee fan, you had to know Saturday's 14-inning game with Toronto was lost when Chad Gaudin started warming up. Pinstripe Alley
- Jonathan Niese made a triumphant return to the Mets in a 6-1 victory Saturday.