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Darkness fell on Yuri Foreman on June 5, 2010.
Six months earlier the 29-year-old boxer was a world champion. At the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, he had beaten Daniel Santos to claim the WBA super welterweight belt, becoming the first-ever Israeli WBA champion and the first Orthodox Jewish boxing champion since Barney Ross hung up his gloves in 1938. Foreman, already married to a Hungarian model, had the world on a string.
Then on June 5, 2010, in his first title defense, in his adopted hometown of New York City, in the first boxing event held at the new Yankees Stadium, no less, things fell apart. In the seventh round, Foreman aggravated a lingering knee injury, leaving him essentially fighting on one leg. He was a sitting duck, favoring his one good leg and getting battered by Puerto Rican great Miguel Cotto. Foreman’s manager threw in the towel in the eighth, and even though Foreman convinced the referee to let the fight continue the result was a foregone conclusion. Barely able to stand, the champion was battered in the eighth round and the referee was forced to call a halt to the bout just 42 seconds into the ….View original article