-- Yuri Foreman (24-0, 8 Ko’s) won the split decision over Andery Tsurkan,(25-3, 16 KO’s) to gain the NABF Junior Middleweight Belt, in an exciting bout at the Bronx’s Utopia Paradise Theater on December 6, 2007. Tsurken’s camp was outraged at the decision.
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By MICHAEL ROSENTHAL
Jewish boxers are nothing new. They succeeded in the sport as much as any ethnic group before World War II, Benny Leonard and Barney Ross being only two of many truly great champions who had strong Jewish identities.
Since the war, though, when Jews began to drift away from boxing and into safer professions, you could count significant Jewish fighters on one hand.
That’s why two upcoming fights only three weeks apart are so remarkable: Two orthodox Jews will be fighting for major world titles, Yuri Foreman against junior middleweight titleholder Daniel Santos on Nov. 14 and Dmitriy Salita against junior welterweight beltholder Amir Khan on Dec. 5.
Dimitriy Salita vs. Ramon Montano
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