Fore­man sets sights sky high

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY MIKE SIN­CLAIR

BOX­ING YURI Fore­man has been promised a world ti­tle fight this year by top Amer­i­can pro­moter Bob Arum as a re­sult of his con­vinc­ing points vic­tory over Saul Ro­man.

The un­beaten Jewish light-wel­ter­weight took the de­ci­sion by scores of 97-93, 98-92, 98-92 in a suc­cess­ful first defence of his North Amer­i­can Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion ti­tle at the Avi­a­tor Sports Arena in Brook­lyn.

The speed of 27-year-old Be­larus­born Fore­man, who lives in Brook­lyn and was fight­ing there for the first time in his pro­fes­sional ca­reer, proved de­ci­sive against his Mex­i­can op­po­nent, who lost for the fifth time in 33 fights.

Ro­man, with 24 of his 28 vic­to­ries inside the dis­tance and a vic­tory over world mid­dleweight ti­tle chal­lenger Kas­sim Ouma in his pre­vi­ous out­ing, went into the fight with a rep­u­ta­tion as a big puncher but he rarely trou­bled Fore­man in what had been seen as the tough­est test so far for the Jewish con­tender.

“I’m ready to fight world class fight­ers,” said Fore­man, who is not con­cerned which of the four ma­jor ver­sions of the world light-mid­dleweight ti­tle he lands a shot at.

The ri­val cham­pi­ons are Ver­non For­rest (WBC), Joachim Al­cine (WBA), Verno Phillips (IBF) and Sergiy Dz­inziruk (WBO).

As well as chas­ing a world ti­tle, Fore­man is also study­ing to be­come a rabbi.

“When I go to the gym, I’m train­ing my phys­i­cal self. With the rabbi, I’m train­ing my spir­i­tual mus­cles,” he said.

Fore­man’s stud­ies will take at least three years be­fore he can be or­dained as a rabbi and he aims to be­come a world cham­pion much quicker than that af­ter ex­tend­ing his 100 per cent pro­fes­sional record to 25 straight vic­to­ries.

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