Rabbi Foreman on comeback trail


Yuri Foreman - the first Jewish boxer to win a world title - is making a comeback after two years out of the ring.

The 35-year-old former WBA light-middleweight champion will return, against an opponent still to be named, at the Barclays Centre in his home neighbourhood of Brooklyn on December 5.

It will be his first fight since knocking out Jovany Javier Gomez in the first round at Hollywood's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in November 2013.

Foreman, who had lost his WBA belt to Miguel Cotto, was closing in on another title shot when he suddenly pulled out of a clash with Jorge Melendez in June 2014 and announced his retirement.

At the time he told his fans through Facebook: "I signed a very harmful contract regarding my boxing career.

"I tried all possible ways to free myself from it, but nothing else I can do, than announce my retirement from boxing. So from now I'm on to bigger and better things."

During his time away from boxing, Belarus-born Foreman, who beat Puerto Rico’s Daniel Santos in November 2009 to win his world title, has completed his studies to become a rabbi.

But he sees no conflict between that and fighting again.

"Boxing is a very spiritual sport," he said. "We all have different paths. My faith keeps me centered and focused.

"You can be anyone. You can be a rabbi and still be fighting on the big stage at Barclays Center."

He added: "I’ve been working hard since June and putting in a lot of hours in the gym.

"In terms of preparation, I’m always trying to push myself. When I get tired, I want to push myself even harder.

"It’s very special to be fighting at Barclays Centre because this is my home and I actually live just blocks away from the arena.

"I’m staying positive about December 5. I can’t predict because it’s boxing and anything can happen. but I’m envisioning a successful night and an impressive victory for myself."

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