boxing

Muhammad Ali Attends Grandson's Bar Mitzvah

06/10/2012

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.

A Jewish Boxer Hurts To Help Heal

Junior Middleweight Boyd Melson donate purses to Stem Cell Research

07/14/2011
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.

03/01/2011
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

06/08/2010
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.

Photos By JTA

Foreman Falls in Title Defense

06/06/2010

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.

Raging Jill

09/11/1998
Associate Editor
The great boxing writer, Jimmy Cannon, said this is the way it should be with champs: “They should go down the streets with people following them and crowds coming up on their feet shouting when they enter a fight club. It ought to be plenty of money rolling in and fast action and the excitement of true fame. ... They moved around to the sound of strangers calling their names and a sense of being the biggest men alive.
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