Boxing

Frenkel will be a knockout

By Danny Caro, September 17, 2010

Unbeaten German sensation Alexander Frenkel faces the biggest test of his young career on Saturday when he takes on European Cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli in Birmingham.

Frenkel, who has a Jewish father, holds a 22-0 record including 17 KOs. He has been tipped to cause an upset against the Welshman by promoter Kalle Sauerland.

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Salita hits back with a bang

By Mike Sinclair, September 7, 2010

Dmitriy Salita returned from his devastating world title defeat by Amir Khan with a confident eight-round points victory over Franklin Gonzalez at the Oceana Hall in home-town Brooklyn, New York.

Blasted out in the first round when he challenged for Khan's WBA light-welterweight title in Newcastle last December, Salita took the decision 78-74 on the cards of all three judges.

"I felt a little rusty at first, the long lay-off absolutely affected me," said Salita who stepped up the pace from the fourth round to control the later rounds.

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Nakash on course

July 29, 2010

Ran Nakash, the unbeaten Israeli cruiserweight, moved a step closer to a world title shot after outpointing Victor Barragan over 10 hard rounds to claim his 25th straight professional victory.

Nakash, taken the distance for only the sixth time, took the decision by scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 96-94 over Barragan, a late replacement, at The Arena in Philadelphia.

The 32-year-old Haifa fighter is now being lined up to fight American Bobby Gunn, who has twice challenged for world titles.

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Yuri Foreman squares up to John Duddy

By Mike Sinclair, July 1, 2010

Yuri Foreman is being lined up to fight Irishman John Duddy at Madison Square Garden when he recovers from his recent knee surgery.

It is a make-or-break fight for the world title aspirations of Foreman and Duddy, who are both based in New York.

Foreman lost his WBA light-middleweight world title to Miguel Cotto on June 5 while Belfast-born Duddy was clearly outpointed by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr - son of the Mexican legend of the same name - at the San Antonio Alamodome last weekend.

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Saperstein lines up British title challenge

By Danny Caro, June 24, 2010

Laura Saperstein is targeting a crack at the British featherweight title after defeating Bulgarian Borislava Goranova at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

Saperstein had been frustrated after several opponents dropped out but she had no problems extending her unbeaten professional record to 10 after the six round contest.

"I started preparing for someone a lot taller and heavier followed by someone lighter and shorter," said Saperstein. "For once, I'd been struggling with my weight and in the end it became really stressful."

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Foreman vows to return to the ring

By Mike Sinclair, June 15, 2010

Yuri Foreman faces six months on the sidelines following surgery on his right knee but his surgeons have predicted he will come back an improved fighter as he bids to become a world champion again.

Foreman, the 29-year-old Brooklyn-based student rabbi, had an operation to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus this week after his leg gave way before he lost his WBA light-middleweight title to Miguel Cotto on a ninth-round stoppage at New York's New Yankee Stadium.

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Foreman's wife's despair at boxing title loss

By Danny Caro, June 10, 2010

The wife of boxer Yuri Foreman almost came to blows with the referee after watching her husband lose his world title.

Leyla Leidecker, a former model and boxer herself, blamed ref Arthur Mercante for not stopping the fight earlier after Foreman lost his WBA Light Middleweight title on a ninth-round TKO against Miguel Cotto at the Yankee Stadium.

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Injured Foreman loses world boxing crown

By Danny Caro, June 7, 2010

Yuri Foreman lost his WBA Light Middleweight title on a ninth-round TKO against Miguel Cotto at the Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.

The student rabbi suffered a bizarre injury after slipping twice on a wet canvass in the 7th round. The fall caused Foreman, 29, to twist his right knee, which was already in a brace from a previous injury. With only one leg to stand on, Foreman became a sitting duck and was unable to demonstrate his usual speed and mobility against Puerto Rican Cotto.

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Foreman to defend boxing title

By Mike Sinclair, June 3, 2010

Yuri Foreman, the world boxing champion student rabbi, will be following in the footsteps of the legends when he makes the first defence of his WBA light-middleweight title against Miguel Cotto at the Yankee Stadium tomorrow.

It will be the first fight there since Muhammad Ali retained his heavyweight crown against Ken Norton in 1976.

The fight comes 11 months after Foreman beat Daniel Santos on points in Las Vegas to become the first observant Jew to win a world boxing title for 70 years.

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Leeds' glittering young Jewish social scene

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2010

A buzzing Leeds Jewish singles and young families scene is gathering momentum and could help secure the future of the community.

A few weeks ago, a glitzy charity boxing night arranged by a committee of young professionals pulled in 600 people, a significant proportion of the city's Jewish population. Such demand shows that the community can still pack a punch on a social level. And most of the £44,000 raised will be invested in the local youth centre, The Zone.

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