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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Yuri Foreman Could Return to the Ring

Rabbi Yuri Foreman is considering another return to the ring. Yesterday, he posted on Facebook that he hopes to share news about a comeback soon. Foreman has hinted before about potentially reinvigorating his boxing career in the past couple of years, but more telling is that he is currently enrolled in VADA, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. His enrollment is an indication of his seriousness in attempting a comeback.

Foreman held the WBA junior middleweight world title after defeating Daniel Santos on November 14, 2009. Seven months later he lost the belt to future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto in a bout in which Foreman earned tons of respect for fighting with a torn-up knee in the first boxing card at the new Yankee Stadium.

Foreman came back just nine months later and was flat against the talented pressure-fighter, Pawel Wolak. Yuri then retired. But after nearly two years out of the ring, he came back in 2013 and rattled off six straight victories.

Foreman's last fight was on January 13, 2017. He faced pound-for-pound great Erislandy Lara for a world title belt and was stopped in the fourth round.

The Brooklyn-based fighter will turn 40 this year. At his best, he was a lightning-fast master-boxer who was panned by the blood-and-guts crowd for being boring but thoroughly respected by those who appreciate the sweet science.

Incidentally, Foreman is the only athlete The JBB currently covers that is enrolled in VADA according to BoxRec.

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