Ex-World Champion Boxer Rabbi Yuri Foreman Will Seek to Regain Title in Miami Bout Next Month
Former world champion boxer and ordained Orthodox Rabbi Yuri Foreman will seek to regain the junior middleweight title by taking on Erislandy Lara in a match next month in Miami, The Ring reported this week.
“I’m thrilled to be fighting for the world title,” the 36-year-old Foreman — a Belarus-born Israeli Jew who lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn — said in a statement about the upcoming Jan. 13 bout at Hialeah Park Racing and Casino. “I’m really looking forward to showcasing my skills and talent and becoming a two-time world champion. At this stage of my career, it would be a tremendous accomplishment. Lara is very crafty and many elite fighters have had trouble dealing with his style, but I have studied him and am very confident that I will defeat him by presenting him with something he’s never seen before.”
Lara — a 33-year-old Cuban defector — stated, “Yuri Foreman is a former world champion who is dedicated to this sport and will be looking to win another world title. I expect nothing but the best from him. On fight night, I’m making another statement and going for the knockout… Everyone should tune-in because it’s going to be a great night of boxing.”
In an interview with The Algemeiner last year, Foreman talked about his return to boxing after a two-year hiatus during which he studied to become a rabbi under the tutelage of DovBer Pinson, a Chabad rabbi based in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
“Anything you do or anything you love to do, once in a while it’s good to take a break,” he said. “So, I retired for two years, but then realized that I miss it.”
“I love what I do, I’m good at it and I just felt like I needed to do some more,” he continued.