Daniel Santos

The Rabbi-To-Be Gets A Title Shot

Lubavitch middleweight Yuri Foreman is primed to make boxing history.

11/03/2009 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The verbal sparring starts as soon as Yuri Foreman begins his training session.

Foreman, a native of Belarus who moved with his family to Israel at age 10 to escape anti-Semitism, and then to New York City at 19 alone to prepare for a boxing career, is a fighter with a rare pedigree  — a top-ranked light middleweight contender and a rabbinical student. As perhaps befits a guy who pores carefully over religious texts, he is a ring tactician so cautiously methodical that critics call him Yuri “Boreman.”

Foreman, right, training in Brooklyn, fights for world title next week. Michael Datikash
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