Boxing

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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Pacquiao fears boxing champion Foreman

January 11, 2010

Manny Pacquiao, the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, is running scared of fighting unbeaten, light-middleweight Yuri Foreman.

After a bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr was scrapped, Foreman, Israel’s first world champion, was suggested as the Filipino's next opponent by promoter Bob Arum.

But Pacquiao’s camp fear that Foreman’s five and a half inch height advantage would make him an awkward opponent.

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Greenberg looks to the Klitschkos for inspiration

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

Roman Greenberg is scheduled to make his long-awaited return to the ring next month in the Ukraine.

Back in full training in Kiryat Motzkin, near Haifa, the Israeli-based heavyweight has been reunited with David Porat, his original coach, and is likely to be fighting in a co-promotion by his manager Robert Waterman and K2 East Promotions, a company owned by the Klitschko brothers.

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Salita: hate chants floored me

By Danny Caro, Faga Speker and Jonathan Kalmus, December 10, 2009

Dmitriy Salita, the previously unbeaten Jewish boxer who was floored by Muslim fighter Amir Khan in just 76 seconds on Saturday night, said this week that antisemitic chanting may have cost him the fight.

Speaking exclusively to the JC, Salita, who won his previous 31 bouts, said: “It was over before it started. I was in great shape and well prepared but the antisemitic chanting left me completely overwhelmed.”

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Salita: Gone in 76 seconds

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

Dmitriy Salita has vowed to bounce back from Saturday’s WBA light-welterweight title humbling against holder Amir Khan.

The Brooklyn-based fighter was blown away by a devastating flurry of punches from Khan who knocked him down three times in the first round. The first was a lightning left-right combination within 15 seconds of the opening bell. The fight, at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, was stopped after just 76 seconds.

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