Pawel Wolak-Yuri Foreman on Miguel Cotto-Ricardo Mayorga Card
New Jersey junior middleweight Pawel Wolak (pictured above, at right) will meet former world champion Yuri Foreman of Brooklyn, New York, on the under card of March 12 pay per view event, Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum and Wolak's manager, Ivan Edwards, told FanHouse on Thursday.
Wolak (28-1, 18 knockouts) and Foreman (28-1, eight KOs) will fight on the under card of a main event featuring former world champion Ricardo Mayorga (29-7-1, 22 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua, challenging WBA junior middleweight (154) titlist Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) of Puerto Rico, at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
The Cotto-Mayorga card will also boast the return from a 14-month layoff of former world champion female boxer, Christy Martin (49-5-3, 31 KOs).
"That fight is being discussed and being negotiated," Arum told FanHouse. "Hopefully, by the end of the day, that will be put to rest."
Wolak is coming off of a Dec. 4, seventh-round stoppage of Jose Pinzon (18-2-1, 12 KOs), against whom he rose from a second-round knockdown in a middleweight (160 pounds) clash.
Pinzon was a replacement on the Tuesday prior to the Saturday night fight for junior middleweight and middleweight prospect Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) after Chavez pulled out with a 103-degree fever.
The victory over Pinzon was the seventh straight for Wolak, including four knockouts, since losing an August of 2008, unanimous 10-round decision to Ishe Smith.
"Top Rank has just put another great fight up on the board, and the goal is for Wolak to fight the winner of the main event as soon as possible," said Edwards. "I know that Wolak always has wanted a crack at Foreman, so this is certainly a step up. Wolak knows that this is a must-win fight for him."
Foreman is coming off of June's ninth-round knockout loss to Cotto, who dethroned him as WBA titlist in the first-ever professional fight to be staged at the new Yankee Stadium in New York.
Foreman suffered a knee injury against Cotto that required successful reconstructive surgery and a summer of rehabilitation before he could return to training and working out in October.
Foreman, who is studying to become a rabbi, became the first Israeli world champion when he dethroned Puerto Rico's Daniel Santos by unanimous decision in November of 2009.
Edwards credited Top Rank matchmakers, Bruce Trampler, and, Brad Goodman, for putting matching Wolak and Foreman, who have trained alongside each other at the Gleason's Gym in New York.
"Brad Goodman and I have discussed the possibility of this fight happening for months," said Edwards. "Team Wolak is just excited that Brad and Bruce were able to put the fight together."