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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Foreman to Comeback Against Wolak

Lem Satterfield of FanHouse is reporting that Yuri Foreman will face Pawel Wolak on Saturday, March 12 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight would take place on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Ricardo Mayorga pay-per-view event.

Foreman lost his WBA light middleweight crown to Cotto last June in the first fight in the new Yankee Stadium. In the fight, Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs) ruptured his ACL and his meniscus. He hasn't been in the ring since.

Wolak (28-1, 18 KOs), who has trained with Foreman in New York, is a tough veteran. Wolak has had a whirlwind year. After defeating James Moore on the Foreman-Cotto undercard last June, the Raging Bull was aiming for a bout against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the rest of the year.

After Alfonso Gomez dropped out of his date with Chavez set for December 4, Wolak left his spot on the Dmitriy Salita undercard for later that month and signed to fight Chavez. But Chavez backed out at the last moment. Instead of a fight in the main event of a pay-per-view, Wolak was taken off the televised portion of the card where he beat Jose Pinzon.

Wolak is a harder puncher than Foreman. But Foreman is a superior boxer, exhibited by his 2008 unanimous decision victory over Moore (which was by a wider margin than Wolak's win last June). A win by either man could land them a spot on HBO.

One issue that isn't clear remains the time of the bout. Foreman is an orthodox Jew and does not fight on Shabbat. That means the fight might start later than usual in Las Vegas.

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