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Former World Champion Boxer Rabbi Yuri Foreman Set for Friday Return to Ring

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Yuri Foreman returns to the ring on June 3. Photo: Adam Ritter

Yuri Foreman returns to the ring on June 3. Photo: Adam Ritter

Former world champion boxer Yuri Foreman, who is also an ordained Orthodox rabbi, is set to return to the ring on Friday afternoon.

The eight-round junior middleweight match, between Foreman and journeyman Jason Davis, will take place on June 3 at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY. It will be over  before sundown and the start of Shabbat, Foreman promised fans in a Facebook post.

Foreman was ordained as a member of the clergy under the tutelage of Dovber Pinson, a Chabad rabbi based in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Talking late last year about his return to boxing after sitting out for a while, he told The Algemeiner: “Anything you do or anything you love to do, once in a while it’s good to take a break. So, I retired for two years, but then realized that I miss it.”

Foreman’s last fight in December 2015 — in which he defeated Lenwood Dozier by unanimous decision — was the boxer’s first since 2013. The Brooklyn resident was crowned WBA super welterweight champion in 2009, becoming the first Israeli to ever hold the title.

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