Yuri Foreman always seems happy enough to see me when we run into each other in Park Slope. When I saw him today, he said, "Small world!" I joked that it must be a pain to always run into the nosey fightwriter. "Nooo," Foreman said, graciously.
I couldn't help asking when he will glove up next. The 32-year-old fighter said he'd be calling promoter Lou DiBella tomorrow to figure that out.
By the way, Foreman looked pretty darn rust-free in his comeback after 22 months away from the ring, when he won a UD6 over journeyman Brandon Baue on Jan. 23 on a DiBella card.
His availability is somewhat limited because his wife Leyla is due with their second child the third week of February, so he needs to free up some time to be present. Also, Friday nights are out, because of his adherence to Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. The future rabbi to be said he'd like to get in the ring in March or April.
My curiosity didn't stop there.
There are a pair of gloves up for auction on Ebay right now which were worn by Foreman (29-2) in his title-winning fight against David Santos in 2009. Bidding, which ends Feb. 10, starts at $1,000., or you can buy it on the spot, for $3,500.
I asked Foreman why he was unloading the gloves?
"Kids' college fund," he answered.
Taking punches to the head hasn't affected his sensibility, it seems.