Yuri Foreman knocked out by contract dispute

Yuri Foreman (left) and Miguel Cotto at their official weigh-in on June 4, 2010. Foreman would lose the fight, and his world championship, the next day. Credit: Chamber of Fear via Wikimedia Commons.

At the end of the day it's a contract dispute, not an injury, that appears to have knocked out the career of Jewish boxer Yuri Foreman.

Foreman, the former super welterweight champion of the world who won his first 29 career fights until losing to Miguel Cotto in June 2010, said Monday on his Facebook page, "Dear Friends! Unknowingly I signed a very harmful contract regarding my boxing carrier. I tried all possible ways to free myself from it, but nothing else I can do, than announce my retirement from boxing. So from now I'm on to bigger and better things. Much blessings!"

On the comeback trail from a knee injury he sustained during the Cotto fight, Foreman had won four consecutive bouts ahead of a June 7 matchup with Jorge Melendez. Promoter Lou Dibella said the boxer's career is not necessarily over.

"Yuri Foreman has been training hard for his fight on June 7th against Jorge Melendez," Dibella said in a statement, according to ESPN. "At this moment, there is a dispute within Yuri's team that does not involve DiBella Entertainment. Yuri has worked very hard on his comeback to get to an opportunity like this. Lou DiBella and DBE have a great working and personal relationship with Yuri. We are awaiting a phone call and hope to see him fight on June 7th at MSG. This will be resolved very shortly."

Foreman is a rabbinical student at the IYYUN Institute in Brooklyn. His teacher, Rabbi DovBer Pinson, has characterized him as "a very good student." Read a JNS.org profile of the boxer and his comeback effort here.

Posted on May 19, 2014 .