Boxing

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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Nakash cruises to win No. 23

By Mike Sinclair, April 7, 2010

Ran Nakash, the undefeated Israeli cruiserweight boxer, extended his 100 per cent record to 23 victories with a seventh round stoppage win over American Richard Srtewart at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.

The victory over Nakash's 17th inside the distance.

Nakash, 31, is scheduled to fight again on April 29 at the Nokia Hall in his home city of Haifa, but no opponent has yet been named.

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Boxer Laura Saperstein returns

By Danny Caro, April 1, 2010

Having made a successful return to the British ring following a nine-month absence, Laura Saperstein has set her sights on the super featherweight world title.

Competing in her first six-round lightweight bout, Saperstein stopped Lana Cooper early on at York Hall in Bethnal Green after her opponent dislocated her shoulder throwing a punch that missed the former lawyer.

Saperstein cut a frustrated figure as she was keen to get more ring-time under her belt. "I had four weeks notice to get fit for the fight and was so annoyed with the way it finished.

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Boxing promotor signs Israeli twins

By Danny Caro, March 25, 2010

Leading Jewish promoter Robert Waterman has signed Israeli twins Sergei and Alexei Stolerman.

The undefeated brothers, aged 24, are both former Israeli amateur champions, fighting at 74kg.

Waterman said: "They are the first set of Jewish boxing twins that I have heard about and I'm really excited. I plan to move them quite quickly.

"They are almost indistinguishable, apart from a scar. One is more of a boxer while the other is more of a fighter."

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Yuri Foreman gets top boxing trainer Steward

By Mike Sinclair, February 25, 2010

Yuri Foreman has hired legendary trainer Emanuel Steward to help him prepare for the first defence of his WBA world light-middleweight title against Miguel Cotto.

The Brooklyn-based Jewish fighter will link up with Steward at his famous Kronk gym in Detroit.

Foreman's manager Murray Wilson said: "It's official. Manny is going to help. It will only be for a couple of weeks, three at most."

Steward, who trained Britain's former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, is currently working with Wladmir Klitschko, holder of the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.

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Nakash knocks out Makula

By Mike Sinclair, January 21, 2010

Ran Nakash, the unbeaten Haifa cruiserweight, extended his 100 per cent record to 22 wins with a second- round knockout over Attila Makula at Tel Aviv’s Hangar 11 on Monday.

Makula, a Hungarian who has now lost all his four professional fights, did not have the credentials to face 31-year-old world-ranked Nakash, who has secured 16 of his victories inside the distance.

On the same bill, Tel Aviv light-welterweight Elad Shmouel made it 21 wins from 23 fights with a four-round points win over debutant Ahmad Atia.

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Yuri Foreman close to Cotto match

By Mike Sinclair, January 21, 2010

Yuri Foreman is close to a deal to make the first defence of his WBA world light-middleweight title against former welterweight champion Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden on June 12.

The New York-based fighter is ready to commit after a proposed defence against Manny Pacquiao, rated the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, fell through.

Foreman has now switched his attention to Cotto and his manager Murray Wilson said: “We want the fight.”

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