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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Heyman Wins

Max Heyman won a six-round unanimous decision over Roy Ashworth last night at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Heyman, 30, swept every round on all three judges' scorecards. All three scored the fight the same, 60-52. Heyman improved his record to 23-10-4, knocking out 13 of his opponents. Ashworth fell to 5-7 with one KO.

For the fight, Heyman weighed in at 190, the heaviest of his career. It was his first bout at cruiserweight. Ashworth weighed in at 185. Heyman earned the victory after coming off of a nearly three year layoff.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ran Nakash vs. Attila Makula

January 18, 2010 at Hangar 11 in Tel Aviv, Israel
Nakash: black and yellow trunks
Makula: black and white trunks

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Yuri Foreman Ready for Miguel Cotto

In an interview with Lem Satterfield of Boxing FanHouse, Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) said, "No one gave me a chance against [Daniel] Santos, but I was ready and I'm looking forward to showcasing my skills in a big fight like that against [Miguel] Cotto." Foreman defeated Santos (32-4-1, 23 KOs) last November to win the WBA light middleweight championship.

The fight between Foreman and Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs), which is close to becoming official, would take place on June 12, 2010 in New York's Madison Square Garden and would be for Foreman's WBA light middleweight title. Last night, The New York Times reported that the fight will happen. But, in an interview on HBO last night, Cotto explained that negotiations were ongoing and nothing was official quite yet.

Both Cotto and Foreman were at the Juan Manuel Lopez-Steven Luevano, Yuriorkis Gamboa-Roger Mtagwa doubleheader held in Madison Square Garden's WaMu Theater last night and the two posed together for pictures.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Greenberg's Comeback

The Jewish Chronicle is reporting that Roman Greenberg is scheduled to fight next month in Ukraine. Greenberg, who is 27 years old, will be in the ring for the first time since losing to Cedric Boswell (31-1, 24 KOs) in August of 2008. The loss was the first of Greenberg's career.

During his time away from the ring, Greenberg (27-1, 18 KOs) had hand surgery to fix a lingering injury. No opponent has of yet been reported.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Nakash and Shmuel Win

Cruiserwieght Ran Nakash knocked out Attila Makula with an intense second-round body punch tonight in Tel Aviv, Israel. The knockout was Nakash's 16th of his career. The 31-year old, who weighed in at 204 lbs., improved his record to 22-0. Makula, who resides in Serbia, is now 0-4.

On the same card, junior welterweight Elad Shmuel defeated Ahmad Atia in a four round unanimous decision. Shmuel raised his record to 21-2 with 11 KOs. Atia was making his debut.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Heyman has an Opponent

Max Heyman (22-10, 13 KOs) is scheduled to face Roy Ashworth (5-6, 1 KO) at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 29, 2010. The fight will take place at cruiserweight.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Letter from Dmitriy Salita

Junior welterweight Dmitriy Salita wrote a letter asking for help for his rabbi, who was in a car accident.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Foreman and Cotto Rumored

It has been rumored on numerous websites that WBA light middleweight champion, Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs), will fight Miguel Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs) on June 12, 2010 in Madison Square Garden. Both men are promoted by Top Rank.

Cotto, who is coming off of a loss against Manny Pacquiao last November, would be fighting above 147 pounds for the first time in his career. Foreman defeated Daniel Santos to win the WBA belt on the Pacquiao-Cotto undercard. Foreman was initially being considered as Pacquiao's next opponent after Pacquiao's proposed fight with Floyd Mayweather fell through. Pacquiao instead has chosen to battle welterweight Joshua Clottey.

Besides coming off of a loss, Cotto, from Puerto Rico, recently buried his father. June 12 is also the day before the Puerto Rican Day parade in New York. Add Foreman's belt up for grabs plus his own substantial following in New York and it produces an intriguing fight.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Heyman to Fight on the 29th

Light heavyweight "Mad" Max Heyman (22-10-4, 13 KOs) is scheduled to fight at Tingley Coliseum in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 29, 2010. His opponent is to be determined. He was originally going to face "Mad" Mike Alderete (6-4-2, 3 KOs).

Heyman, who made his debut in 1997, has fought two bona fide world class opponents in recent years. He lost to Adrian Diaconu, who was 20-0 at the time, in 2006. In 2007, he fought against Chris Henry, who was 18-0 when they met, and came up short. Heyman hasn't fought since the Henry bout.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Foreman and Pacquiao Won't Meet

Numerous reports state that WBO welterweight champion and pound-for-pound best, Manny Pacquiao, won't fight WBA light middleweight champion Yuri Foreman. Pacquiao is apparently concerned about Foreman's height and mobility.

In a statement to the Jerusalem Post, Foreman said, "It's a real honor the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world doesn't want to fight me. Aside from winning the world title, this is the greatest compliment I've gotten in boxing." There has been no word on Foreman's next potential opponent.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Pacquiao Could Be Next for Foreman

After Top Rank promoter Bob Arum announced that the proposed mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is dead, Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com is reporting that WBA light middleweight champion Yuri Foreman could very well be Pacquiao's next opponent. Both fighters are promoted by Top Rank. The match could take place either March 13 or 20 in Las Vegas. Reeno believes, "This fight will be much tougher than most people think," in response to those who believe Pacquiao will win easily.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Nakash's Next Fight

Cruiserweight Ran Nakash (21-0, 15 KOs) is scheduled to take on Attila Makula (0-3) at Hangar 11 in Tel Aviv, Israel on January 18, 2010.

Light welterweight Elad Shmuel (20-2, 11 KOs) is slated to fight on the same card against Ahmad Atia, who is making his debut.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Foreman Could Fight Pacquiao

If the proposed mega-fight between top pound-for-pound contenders Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, tentatively scheduled for March 13, falls through, WBA light middleweight champion Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) could fight Pacquiao.

Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KOs) is the lineal junior welterweight champion as well as the WBO welterweight champion. Were he to fight Foreman, Pacquiao would vie for a major world championship in his eighth weight division.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Yuri Foreman Makes the Ring's Top 100

WBA light middleweight champion Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) was rated 93 in The Ring Magazine's Top 100. Foreman is currently ranked seventh in The Ring's junior middleweight rankings.