Daniel Santos vs. Yuri Foreman

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2009-11-14 : Yuri Foreman 154 lbs beat Daniel Santos 154 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12

Yuri Foreman, a Belarus fighter and rabbi-in-training out of Brooklyn, New York, won the WBA World Light Middleweight title with a 12 round unanimous decision over Daniel Santos of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, making his first defense. Santos, now 32-4-1 with 23 kos, made weight but gained nineteen pounds between the weight-in and the bout, and came into the ring at 173 pounds. This proved to be the key major factor as Foreman, now 28-0, 8 kos, displayed phenomenal footwork and moved side to side jabbing all night, frustrating Santos and not providing any kind of target. With the heavier weight, southpaw Santos was unable to chase or cope with Foreman's style. Although Foreman lacked power punches or the ability to land any thunder, and Santos' punches had power, Foreman scored on a flat footed Santos all night. Foreman dropped Santos with right hooks in the second and twelfth rounds for flash knockdowns which gave him two 10-8 rounds and the title. Foreman now is one of over thirty Jewish World Champions in boxing history beginning with Harry Harris at the beginning of the 20th Century--he joins fighters like Abe Attell, Benny Bass, Benny Leonard, Ted 'Kid' Lewis, Barney Ross, Mike Rossman, Saoul Mamby, Robert Cohen, Fabrice Benichou and still active ex-welterweight world champion Zab Judah as Jewish world champions.


  • Punch Stats

Total Punches: Foreman 146 of 512 29%, Santos 105 of 433 24%