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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Yuri Foreman Announces Retirement

In a strange turn of events, Yuri Foreman announced his retirement yesterday. As part of his comeback, Foreman was scheduled to face Jorge Melendez on the undercard of the June 7 pay per view battle between Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto.

He wrote on Facebook, "Unknowingly I signed a very harmful contract regarding my boxing [career]. I tried all possible ways to free myself from it, but nothing else I can do, [then] announce my retirement from boxing. So from now I'm on to bigger and better things. Much blessings."

Len Zimmerman of Lenco Sports management has been Foreman's new manager since it was announced on July 10.

Foreman's promoter, Lou DiBella addressed the situation, "Yuri Foreman has been training hard for his fight on June 7 against Jorge Melendez. At this moment, there is a dispute within Yuri's team that does not involve DiBella Entertainment. Yuri has worked very hard on his comeback to get to an opportunity like this. Lou DiBella and DBE have a great working and personal relationship with Yuri. We are awaiting a phone call and hope to see him fight on June 7th at MSG. This will be resolved very shortly."

Foreman, who is 33 years old, won the WBA junior middleweight belt in 2009 and relinquished the title in a memorable match against Cotto the following June. If this is the end of Foreman's boxing career, it is an unfortunate conclusion for one of the best Jewish boxers in recent memory.

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