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Friday, March 15, 2013

Foreman to Face King in April

Light middleweight Yuri Foreman is scheduled to get back into the ring against veteran Gundrick "Sho-Gun" King on April 4 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, New York. This will mark Foreman's second fight back after a nearly two-year layoff.

Foreman (29-2, 8 KOs) admitted he was rusty in his January return against Brandon Baue. Still, he won every round on route to a unanimous decision. That win broke a two-fight losing slump for Yuri, who fell to Miguel Cotto in 2010 and Pawel Wolak in 2011.

King (19-8, 11 KOs) is a short and stocky southpaw. He tends to club and push his punches, but has been known to knock an opponent to the canvas with a sneaky straight left. Of his 19 wins, only three have come against opponents with a winning record. King has some loses against solid opposition, including Brad Solomon and Jonathan Gonzalez, but he has also lost to a few less-than-stellar foes.

The Alabama-native seems tailor-made for Foreman. Yuri struggles against pressure fighters, but King is anything but. Despite being short, King has shown a propensity to stand on the outside, a recipe for disaster against the superior-skilled former world champion.

The one real question might be whether or not Foreman will score a knockout. In his 29 wins, Yuri has only eight KOs, but King has been stopped six times and hasn't shown a good chin. In fairness to King though, he tends to be stopped while standing on his feet.

This bout is scheduled for six rounds.

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