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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rabbi Foreman to Come Out of Retirement

Junior middleweight Rabbi Yuri Foreman is scheduled to step into the ring for the first time in two years on December 5. Foreman's recent absence from boxing was largely due to issues with his management. In May of 2014, Foreman announced his retirement.

"Unknowingly I signed a very harmful contract regarding my boxing [career]. I tried all possible ways to free myself from it, but nothing else I can do, [except] announce my retirement from boxing," Foreman wrote on Facebook a year and a half ago.

On his return, Foreman explained, "I realized that I needed a little rest, I love boxing. It is something that I’ve loved since I was a kid and I feel like I wanted to do it more."

Foreman doesn't have an opponent yet for the fight. The scheduled eight rounder will be held in Foreman's hometown of Brooklyn, New York in the Barclays Center. His fight is slated to be on the undercard of the Showtime-televised Danny Jacobs-Peter Quillin middleweight clash.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Isaac Chilemba to Face Undefeated Alvarez

Light heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba faces undefeated contender Eleider Alvarez on Saturday at Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada. Thgis fight will be shown on Showtime in the United States and is on the undercard of the James DeGale-Lucian Bute supermiddleweight fight.

Chilemba (24-2-2, 10 KOs) is on a four fight win streak, including an impressive victory over previously undefeated Vasily Lepikhin. In that fight, Chilemba, who is rated 8th in the light heavyweight division according to the Transnational Boxing Rankings, was a defensive wizard as usual. He also jabbed well from the outside early. He then used pot shots from the outside before adding combination power punches.

In his two 2013 fights against Tony Bellew, a disputed draw and an equally disputed loss, Chilemba was a defensive master, but didn't throw enough. He has rectified that fault in recent fights. He not only became more active against Lepikin, but also against the dangerous Denis Grachev in 2014. He won virtually every round during his recent win streaks.

While Alvarez is the bigger name, Chilemba is taller, younger, and has fought the tougher competition. The undefeated Canadian of Colombian birth, Alvarez has defeated three undefeated fighters. In his last bout, Alvarez, who is the 7th ranked light heavyweight in the Transnational Boxing Rankings, tightened up his punches and improved his skill. But the awkward Isidro Prieto was able to land overhand rights and even hurt Alvarez in the middle rounds before losing a decision.

Aside from the Prieto bout, Alvarez has been known to be in boring fights, which could be a problem against Chilemba. A high work rate is the best way to neutralize Chilemba's calculated boxing. If Chilemba is allowed to jab from the outside, he'll pick apart the 6' 31 year old.

Alvarez represents the seventh time Chilemba has fought an opponent with an undefeated record and at least 10 wins; Isaac hasn't lost yet.

The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds. The winner will be the mandatory challenger to Adonis Stevenson, the recognized light heavyweight champion.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Horowitz Back in the Ring this Month

Light heavyweight Sam Horowitz is scheduled to be back in the ring on Wednesday, November 25 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. His opponent is slated to be Ronez McGrady.

Horowitz (4-1, 3 KOs) has won his last two fights, including a decision victory in August over Israel Echevarria, who had a winning record at the time. Horowitz had shown power in his previous three wins, but the victory over Echevarria exhibited his boxing skills.

McGrady is a 37 year old who hasn't won a professional fight in his two chances. He was stopped in his last fight which took place on the same card that Horowitz defeated Echevarria. McGrady, who is from Indianapolis, also has experience fighting in mixed martial arts.

This will be the sixth time Horowitz has fought at the Horseshoe Casino. The bout is scheduled for four rounds.