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Yuri Fights! Yuri Wins!

By Ari Jankelowitz

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Yuri Foreman, the rabbi-in-training who doubles as a boxer, was dreaming big after winning the latest fight in his comeback trail.

He wants to be the next Jewish champ.

“In the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s there were so many Jewish boxing champions, the best at that time, the strongest people,” he said. “So I am part of that legacy only a little couple decades later. I’m representing my people, Jewish people, and I want to be world champion again, since I was a kid.”

The visions of glory came after Foreman easily dispatched Gundrick King in a unanimous decision.

King in the end did not pose much of a challenge to Yuri Foreman. Significantly shorter and noticeably slower than Foreman, King just could not keep up with Foreman’s fluid motions in the ring. Foreman danced around King landing his punches with ease and after a relatively brisk six rounds Foreman had another victory by unanimous decision in his pocket.

Foreman, less tentative than his previous fight against Brandon Baue, displayed efficient speed in the fists and legs. Sans knee brace thanks to a new New York State rule prohibiting them in the ring, Foreman was clearly the better fighter. One’s only complaint could be that Foreman struggled somewhat in cutting off the angles in the ring so that he could catch King in the corners, otherwise Foreman fought an almost perfect fight.

King simply did not punch enough to warrant a defense or an offense. In the locker room, Foreman’s trainer summed up the match against King, “He’s a tough kid to hit. The kid didn’t want to engage, and Yuri was able to do his business [with him] regardless of that.”

When asked about Foreman’s next step, trainer Mark Puttenvink said that he would like to see Foreman fight for a belt this fall. Puttenvink floated the idea of Foreman fighting Ishe Smith for the IBF light middleweight title. With championships in the air, a local reporter from New Haven asked Foreman what it would mean to him to be world champion again.

Of course we could not resist asking Foreman if he would like for that championship fight to happen in Israel.

“There is always a chance.” Foreman said, “I don’t know how big is the chance.”

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Rabbi-in-Training Yuri Foreman Returns to Ring

By Ari Jankelowitz

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Yuri Foreman (29-2), the heralded rabbi-in-training continues his comeback trail in New York City tonight at the Roseland Ballroom.

His opponent is Gundrick King (18-9), a former college football player for the University of North Alabama, who not to be outdone intellectually, studied applied microcomputer design while in college. On paper this could be considered one of the more cerebral matchups of 2013.

Foreman is coming off a 6 round victory by unanimous decision over Brandon Baue (12-8) at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Times Square this past January. He is looking for his first consecutive victory since 2008. A win for Foreman will most likely extend his comeback to eventually challenge for a championship. A loss might see him seeking a permanent post at the pulpit.

King is coming off a third round technical knockout loss against George Tahdooahnippah at the Comanche Nation Casino in Oklahoma. While not a household name, King primarily fights in the South and represents another important step forward for Foreman.

King’s lone match in New York since turning professional in 2007 came last year and pitted him against title contender Charlie Ota of Tokyo, Japan at the Madison Square Garden Theatre. King suffered a technical knockout while standing in the 7th round of an 8 round contest.

Make sure to follow @jdforward for live coverage at the fight. You can also watch the fight live online via Dibella Entertainment’s website: dbe1.com or on the old fashion television on Sportsnet starting at 7 p.m.

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Yuri Foreman Wins! I Pull Up the Blankets.

By Ari Jankelowitz

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Sitting in my living room wearing pajamas on an especially frigid night watching a live stream of the Yuri Foreman fight, I could not help but marvel at the ability to watch a non-title boxing match in such a small arena (a Times Square blues club!) live over the Internet. Truly, we are in the golden age of the micro-broadcast.

Yuri Foreman stood in the center of the ring wrapped in an Israeli flag with the referee holding Foreman’s right glove awaiting the results. After a scheduled six round fight that went the full six rounds it was now up to the judges to declare a winner.

A loss for Foreman would most likely abort his nascent comeback. A win for Foreman would be a small step closer to his goal of reclaiming a middleweight championship belt.

Foreman fought a well-defended fight and displayed his trademark blistering lateral movement throughout the entire six rounds. Foreman did show the expected rust after a two-year layoff in terms of offense and lack of rhythm. He landed plenty of left-hand straight jabs at will, but multiple punch combinations rarely materialized. Though Foreman was never considered a power puncher, he did seem to hold back on setting his feet and throwing a strong right a little more than usual.

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