Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

The Idec Index

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

The Idec Index

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Here is boxing writer Keith Idec's inside look at the sport:

FEATURED FIGHT: Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez. Promoter Bob Arum said Thursday that a deal is near completion for Puerto Rico's Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs) to challenge Argentina's Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs) for Martinez's WBC middleweight title June 7 at Madison Square Garden. Martinez, 38, has not fought since suffering hand and knee injuries during a unanimous decision over England's Martin Murray (26-1-1, 11 KOs) last April 27 in Buenos Aires. The HBO Pay-Per- View fight would be the first at middleweight for Cotto, 33, who'll attempt to become a world champion in a fourth weight class.

LOCAL LOOK: Paterson native Jeremy Bryan (16-3, 7 KOs) will attempt to come back from a devastating knockout in his last fight. Bryan, a two-time national Golden Gloves champion, has agreed to box Bronx resident Issouf Kinda (16-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-round, 140- pound fight next Friday that'll be broadcast by ESPN2 from Paramount Theatre in Huntington, N. …

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