Israeli boxer set for championship bout


NEW YORK (JTA) — An Israeli boxer reportedly will fight for a world championship for the first time.

Yuri Foreman, who is undefeated in 27 professional bouts, will challenge super welterweight champion Daniel Santos (32-3-1) for the World Boxing Association title, the 15 Rounds Web site reported Tuesday.

Dovid Efune, Foreman’s spokesman, said the fight is expected to take place Nov. 14 in Las Vegas.

"He’s got a Jewish head attached to his Jewish fist," Efune said in a telephone interview. "He’s a very tactical player. He boxes like he’s playing chess."

Foreman, 29, is fervently religious and is studying to become an Orthodox rabbi.

He was born in the city of Gomel in present-day Belarus, then part of the Soviet Union, and moved to Israel at 9. Foreman relocated to Brooklyn in 2001 to pursue his boxing career.


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