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May 29, 2016 7:00 am

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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  • ira a kaufman

    i boxed as a young man, and i can tell you this foreman is good.real good.he was winning his match with cotto when he ripped his acl.he should not have come out for the round.there was no shame in that case the adrenilin was taking away his smarts and he is one of the best ring generals going.wish him good luck.

  • racy we

    Make sure it’s over when Shabbos begins. Hatzlacha Rabah. You’ll take him down.

  • Yaakov

    It’s occurred to me that his rabbi’s name, Dovber, would be a good name for a wrestler. What would be an appropriate name for a boxer? Kenguru (kangaroo)? Maybe, but the “guru” part is from another religion.

  • Yisrael Sha’avani

    The headline is misleading! The fight is Friday afternoon, not Friday night.
    Please correct