Sports and politics frequently intersect. Boxing’s best example was Mohammed Ali – now essentially a cherished Saint to many because of how he represented hopes and aspirations of fellow countrymen and world citizens. Tonight’s debut fight at Yankee Stadium is no different. Rabbi in training Yuri Foreman against Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto have been cast in a venue meant for attention. The boxing titans want to showcase the fighters and the tradition of marquee people in marquee places. Foreman’s presence has the potential of carrying the awareness of the diaspora now involved in a 2 state solution. Cotto just wants to win. Others involved in the sport currently, most notably, Manny Pacquiao, have extended their ring training to the civil world. The art of promotion is at play in boxing – and it’s symbolic reach may touch us sooner than we could have expected.
Author: Mason Hayutin
Founder, Editor and contributing writer, Mr. Mason Hayutin is recognized for his depth of experience and knowledge in technology, energy economics, real estate and the arts (fine and visual). Having worked with recognized world-class artists and their estates since 1997, Mason brings a wealth of practical experiences from installations, marketing, and private sales. An active business advocate, he successfully released the fine art documentary film LUBIE LOVE in 2009 ahead of the global auto crisis - in addition to maintaining his tenure as Vice President of GALLERY M INC. Hayutin holds a degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. You can read his insight here at The Art Quarterly as well as in regional and national publications.