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Yuri Foreman returns with win

January, 24, 2013

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.”

Delvin Rodriguez back on FNF

December, 22, 2012
RodriguezCarlos Suarez Jr./Mpsportimages.comDelvin Rodriguez will put down the mike and get back in the "Friday Night Fights" ring on Feb. 15.
Delvin Rodriguez, a longtime staple of ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" and the ringside analyst on the ESPN Deportes broadcast of the series, will be out from behind the microphone and back in the ring on the Feb. 15 show.

Rodriguez (26-6-3, 14 KOs) will face George "Comanche Boy" Tahdooahnippah at a catchweight of 157 pounds at the Mohegan Sun resort in Uncasville, Conn.

The Danbury, Conn., resident will be the crowd favorite against Oklahoma's Tahdooahnippah (31-0-1, 23 KOs), who will be taking a step up in competition at age 34. Tahdooahnippah will also be coming down in weight. He usually fights at super middleweight or middleweight.

"For Comanche Boy, a fight against Rodriguez represents a terrific opportunity," said Joe DeGuardia, promoter for Star Boxing. "This will be the first time he has fought on the East Coast and his first main event on ESPN, so this is a chance for him to truly impress. He's an undefeated Native American-Indian and a very colorful and aggressive fighter."

Rodriguez fought only once in 2012, a poor performance in a lopsided decision loss against junior middleweight titlist Austin Trout on June 2. In 2011, Rodriguez fought Pawel Wolak to a draw in one of the best FNF fights in history and beat him easily by decision in the rematch.