- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Former junior middleweight titlist Yuri Foreman, remember him? Well, he’s back.
Foreman took on Brandon Baue on Wednesday night at BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York's Times Square, his first bout in 22 months.
Foreman pitched a shutout in the six-round junior middleweight bout against Baue (12-9, 10 KOs), who lost his sixth fight in a row. It wasn’t supposed to be much of a fight, just a way for Foreman, 32, to ease back into action, which he did by dominating to the tune of 60-54 scorecards across the board.
Foreman (29-2, 8 KOs) rose to prominence by becoming the first Orthodox Jew in approximately 70 years to win a world title when he outpointed Daniel Santos to win a belt in November 2009.
Foreman lost the title in his first defense, getting stopped in the ninth round by Miguel Cotto at Yankee Stadium in June 2010 (after a knee injury he suffered in the seventh essentially ended his chances). In March 2011, Foreman was stopped in the sixth round by Pawel Wolak and hadn't fought since.
Against Baue, Foreman shook off the rust of the long layoff, controlled the fight with his jab and showed that his knee was just fine.
Promoter Lou DiBella, who recently signed Foreman, said he would be back soon “as he aims to once again become a force in the junior middleweight division.”