Former junior middleweight boxing champion and newly ordained Orthodox rabbi Yuri Foreman ended his two-year hiatus from the ring Saturday night.
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Foreman, 35, defeated Lenwood Dozier by unanimous decision at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday night.
According to ESPN, Foreman became the first Orthodox Jew to win a world title in over 70 years when he beat Daniel Santos in 2009. After losing to Miguel Cotto at Yankee Stadium in 2010 and sustaining a series of injuries, he quit the sport in 2013.
During his hiatus, Foreman was ordained as a rabbi by Dovber Pinson, a Chabad rabbi based in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, The Algemeiner reported.
“Coming back is a great feeling for me, especially to be coming back as a rabbi,” Foreman told Newsday. “For my observant friends, the fight starts early so for those who live a little distance from Barclays Center, you should start walking early and then take a train. I will be fighting after sundown, so it will all be kosher.”
Foreman, who was born in Belarus and grew up in Israel, now lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
“Boxing is a very spiritual sport. We all have different paths. My faith keeps me centered and focused. You can be anyone. You can be a rabbi and still be fighting on the big stage at Barclays Center,” Foreman said in a press release.