boxing

Muhammad Ali’s Complex Jewish Connections

Ali had Jewish family and friends, but his public relationship with the Jews was more complicated.

06/06/2016 - 16:44
Editorial Intern

The Jewish world has spent the days since Muhammad Ali’s passing on Friday scrambling to find any connection Ali may have had with the Jewish people. The findings, which can be seen as a microcosm of Ali’s entire life, can be summed up in one word—complex.

A man places a candle under a mural of the late boxer Muhammad Ali in New York on June 4, 2016. Getty Images

Yuri Foreman, Ex-Boxing Champ And Now Ordained Rabbi, Scores Victory In Return To Ring

12/06/2015 - 19:00

Yuri Foreman, the former junior middleweight boxing champion and a newly ordained Orthodox rabbi, ended his two-year hiatus from the ring with a victory.

Yuri Foreman delivers a left to Lenwood Dozier in their super welterweight bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. JTA

Boxer Miguel Cotto Sports Unorthodox 'OU' Tattoo

The tat's not exactly kosher, but doesn't present any major copyright or kashrut problems, the rabbi says.

06/08/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

There’s no question that boxer Miguel Cotto’s swift knockout of Daniel Geale in Saturday night’s World Boxing Championship makes him the one to beat. But does it make him kosher?

Miguel Cotto at a weigh-in in 2010. Wikimedia Commons

Boxer Miguel Cotto Sports Unorthodox 'OU' Tattoo

The tat's not exactly kosher, but doesn't present any major copyright or kashrut problems, the rabbi says.

06/07/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

There’s no question that boxer Miguel Cotto’s swift knockout of Daniel Geale in Saturday night’s World Boxing Championship makes him the one to beat. But does it make him kosher?

Cotto sports a tattoo of the Orthodox Union’s kosher symbol, a circle with the letter “U” in the middle, near his right collarbone. Elie Seckbach of the boxing website ES News reports that Cotto chose the emblem as a tribute to a Jewish friend in New York. 

Miguel Cotto at a weigh-in in 2010. Wikimedia Commons

Muhammad Ali Attends Grandson's Bar Mitzvah

06/09/2012 - 20:00
JTA

The grandson of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali became a bar mitzvah at a Philadelphia synagogue.

Jacob Wertheimer, the son of Khaliah Ali-Wertheimer and Spencer Wertheimer, was called to the Torah on April 28 at the historic Congregation Rodeph Shalom in front of 150 people including the boxer, the Sweet Science boxing news website reported last week in an article by Ali biographer Thomas Hauser.

Muhammad Ali in May 1977. JTA

A Jewish Boxer Hurts To Help Heal

Junior Middleweight Boyd Melson donate purses to Stem Cell Research
07/13/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Unlike many Jewish boxers, Boyd Melson does not feature a Magen David on his trunks.

He has an image of a wheelchair.

Melson, 29, a junior middleweight who will fight Zack Schumack of St. Paul on Wednesday, July 20 at the Oceana Theater in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach neighborhood (1029 Brighton Beach Avenue), donates the money he earns in boxing to stem cell research.

Boxer Boyd Melson

In The Clearing Stands A Boxer

Jews, once dominant in the fight game, return.
02/28/2011 - 19:00
Associate Editor

In 1922, in a boxing ring on a winter’s night, in a small Philadelphia arena, Ty Cobb won a six-round decision against Babe Ruth.

Joseph Brender.  Michael Datikash

Interview with Jewish Boxer Dmitriy Salita

 Aaron Herman interviews the Jewish boxer before his September 1 comeback victory over Franklin Gonzalez.  Salita won in a unanimous decision.

 

TKO For Future Rabbi

06/07/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Maybe he’ll fare better in yeshiva than in the ring.

Yuri Foreman, boxer and aspiring rabbi, lost his first bout on Saturday night, the first defense of his World Boxing Association super welterweight title. Wearing a black brace on his right knee, a result of a previous injury, he slipped on the wet canvas in the seventh round and twisted the knee. Foreman fought on in pain, hobbled and limping, until the fight was stopped on a technical knockout in the ninth round.

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Foreman Falls in Title Defense

06/05/2010 - 20:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- A game but limping Yuri Foreman dropped his first title defense when the referee stopped the contest 42 seconds into the ninth round against Miguel Cotto at Yankee Stadium.

Foreman, a rabbinical student from Brooklyn, N.Y., was hit with a right hand to the body and slipped as he had several times earlier in the bout against the hard-punching Cotto, who became a four-time world champion by taking away Foreman's World Boxing Association super-welterweight crown.

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