Israeli Boxer takes World Boxing title
Posted by Michael F.Blackburn Sr. on November 15, 2009
Now this is different, another Foreman holds the world Championship Boxing title, only this time he’s a Jew!
A Jewish boxer and Israeli citizen who is studying to become a rabbi captured the world super welterweight championship.
Yuri Foreman of Brooklyn defeated champion Daniel Santos of Puerto Rico by decision in Las Vegas Saturday night to win the World Boxing Association 154-pound title.
Israeli politicians flew from Israel to see the fight, according to news sources.
Foreman was born in the city of Gomel in Belarus, and moved to Israel at 9. Foreman relocated to Brooklyn in 2001 to pursue his boxing career.
Foreman is following in the footsteps of other great Jewish fighters including Maxie Rosenbloom, Harry Haft (who battled Rocky Marciano,) and the world renowned Barney Ross, one of the greatest pound for pound champions of all time.
These are the top five Jewish fighters of all time, according to Jake Emen:
Benny Leonard – 183 (70) – 19 – 11 – Benny Leonard must top the list for the best Jewish boxers of all time. Starting his career in 1911 at the age of 15, Leonard kept fighting until 1932. He won the lightweight championship and successfully defended it at least six times, while twice challenging for the welterweight championship. He lost only two times in the final 13 years of his career.
2. Barney Ross – 74 (22) – 4 – 3 – Picking up where his idol Benny Leonard left off, Ross won the lightweight world title in 1933. He bested his contemporaries, going 2-0 against Tony Canzoneri and 2-1 against Jimmy McLarnin, the man who ended Leonard’s career. He simultaneously held the lightweight, junior welterweight and welterweight titles and went an astonishing 14-2-1 in title fights.
3. Abe Attell – 125 (52) – 18 – 23 – Abe “The Little Hebrew” Attell was a dominating featherweight champion and held a career record 18-3-3 in title fights. With one of those losses coming before and after his prime, respectively, he held a remarkable 18-1-3 title fight record in his best years. He first won the featherweight championship in 1903 and challenged for it for the last time in 1912.
4. Ted “Kid” Lewis – 232 (80) – 44 – 24 – In the prime of his career in the mid 1910s, Lewis won the welterweight title and defended it successfully six times before losing the belt and exchanging it back and forth with several other fighters for the next four years. In something that the
boxing world could never imagine today, Lewis fought the same man, Jack Britton, over 20 times in his professional career, winning and losing the championship on many such occasions.
5. Maxie Rosenbloom – 222 (19) – 42 – 31 – Maxie Rosenbloom was the longtime light heavyweight champion of the world, reigning from 1930 to 1934. This is despite his infamous weak punch, knocking out less than 10 percent of the men he beat.
Honorable Mention- Daniel Mendoza – The boxing champion of England for several years in the 1790s is also the man credited with introducing tactics and defense into the squared circle, changing cruder slug fests into the beginnings of The Sweet Science that we know today.