Trainee Rabbi is world boxing champ

By Mike Sinclair, November 19, 2009

Trainee Rabbi Yuri Foreman became the first ever Israel world champion when he lifted the WBA light-middleweight title in Las Vegas.

The 29-year-old Brooklyn-based Foreman, entered the ring as the underdog but boxed superbly to take a unanimous points decision over defending title-holder Daniel Santos.

“I’m very proud to do this for Israel and to show that Jews can fight,” said Foreman, the first Jewish world champion since Mike Rossman lifted the WBA light-heavyweight title in 1978.


Yuri Foreman is Israel's first boxing world champ

By Danny Caro, November 16, 2009

Yuri Foreman became the first Israeli boxing world champion when he defeated Daniel Santos of Puerto Rico to take the WBA junior middleweight at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas.

Foreman, a Belarus-born Israeli who has lived in Brooklyn for 10 years is studying to be an Orthodox rabbi. He won the 12-round bout by a unanimous decision - 116-110, 117-109 and 117-10.

Foreman, 29, went into the fight with a perfect 27-0 record. He was up against Santos, who had 32 victories to his name - 23 by knockout, three losses and one draw.


Fight fans support Salita religiously

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

Supporters of religious Jewish boxer Dmitriy Salita are pulling out all the stops to be at ringside when he challenges Amir Khan for the WBA light-welterweight title at Newcastle’s Metro Arena on December 5.

Edgware travel agent Avrom Weisz has organised a trip for 50 Orthodox fans to travel from London after Shabbat. The group will leave by train at 6pm to arrive in good time for the 11pm title bout.


Israeli boxer Yuri Foreman takes on Las Vegas

By Paul Berger, November 5, 2009

The first Israeli citizen ever to fight for a world boxing title will step into the ring in Las Vegas next week.

Yuri Foreman, 29, will take on Daniel Santos at the MGM Grand next Saturday as the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto fight. At stake is the World Boxing Association light middleweight crown.

Foreman is studying to become an Orthodox rabbi and is known as the ‘Lion of Zion’.

He immigrated to Israel from Belarus with his family in 1990, at the age of 10. Nine years later, he moved to New York to further his boxing career.


Salita: God will help me win fight against Khan

By John Jeffay and Paul Berger, October 29, 2009

Dmitriy Salita believes he will take the WBA light-welterweight title from Amir Khan with the help of prayer.

Salita, an Orthodox Jew who puts his tefillin on every morning before training, said: “I’m going there to win. I 100 per cent pray for success in the ring. One day you can be champion of the world, the next you’re beaten up by some amateur.


Salita booked in for Khan title fight

By Danny Caro, October 6, 2009

Dmitriy Salita will take on WBA light-welterweight Amir Khan in Newcastle on December 5.

Khan’s first title defence will take place at the Metro Radio Arena against Salita, 27, the WBA mandatory challenger and a highly-credible first defence for 2004 Olympic silver-medallist Khan.

Promoter Frank Warren said: “For Amir’s first defence this is a very tough fight for him and he’s taking on a fighter that the American media are really building up at the moment.


Salita lined up for boxing champ Amir Khan

By Mike Sinclair, September 29, 2009

Dmitry Salita will get his long-awaited world title shot against Amir Khan if Britain's WBA light-welterweight champion gets his way.

Khan's promoter Frank Warren has been in talks with Jewish fighter Salita's management team about a December fight in Britain and the Bolton fighter said: "I'd like to fight him.

"He's the number one contender and I think he's the ideal fight for me at this moment in time."


Greenberg set for boxing comeback

By Danny Caro, September 24, 2009

Roman Greenberg, the British-based Israeli heavyweight, is set to return to the ring towards the end of the year. Greenberg, 27, has not fought since suffering his first loss, a second-round technical knockout against Cedric Boswell last August.

He has since relinquished the IBO Intercontinental title and, during the past 12 months, has gone under the knife to repair a long-standing hand injury.

Robert Waterman, Greenberg’s promoter, says that his fighter is scheduled to have a comeback fight in November or December.


Olympic call-up for boxer Laura Saperstein

August 20, 2009

Laura Saperstein believes that the decision to allow women’s boxing at the 2012 Olympics will give the sport a major boost.

Saperstein, 37, is not allowed to compete at the London Games as she is a professional but she hopes to play a leading role behind the microphone as a commentator.

“It will bring a lot of attention to the sport,” Saperstein said. “I’m pretty sure that if I was in line then I’d be going so I’m slightly rueful of the timing.

“There is no doubt in my mind that this will change attitudes about women’s boxing 100 per cent.


Nakash inflicts ‘Storm’ damage

By Mike Sinclair, July 16, 2009

Cruiserweight prospect Ran Nakash extended his winning run to 19 fights with a fourth-round stoppage over American William “The Storm” Bailey in New Jersey.

Bailey was undone by Nakash’s body punches, causing the referee to step in 1 minute 49 seconds into the round at the Prudential Centre in Newark.

It was the hard-hitting Haifa boxer’s 15th inside-the-distance victory since turning professional three years ago. He has moved up to No 28 in the WBC world rankings.