- Michael Woods, Boxing
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Comebacking boxer Yuri Foreman and promoter Lou DiBella sat down before Foreman emerged from a two-year hiatus. They plotted out a course for the former junior middleweight champion.
Both agreed that the comeback shouldn't be a rushed affair, one or two rust-shedders, and then a trip back into the deep waters. Both agreed, it would be the wisest course for Foreman (30-2 with 8 Kos), who suffered a nasty knee injury in a title defense against Miguel Cotto in 2010 at Yankee Stadium, to take the comeback slowly and deliberately.
Foreman will glove up on Wednesday night in New York City at Roseland Ballroom on a show promoted by DiBella, along with entrepreneur 50 Cent.
The 32-year-old Park Slope, Brooklyn resident, who is nearing the completion of studies to become a rabbi, meets Jamaal Davis, a durable journeyman with a 14-9-1 mark.
"Davis is a mild step up for Yuri," DiBella told NYFightblog. "Yuri and his wife just had a baby, so he had some time off. He's looked better in his second fight [in April] than in his first [in January]. His health is holding up, his stamina is there. After a long layoff, you expect to see rust. He's less rusty, and I hope to see a little more action, and him more in the flow, with good rhythm."
How far is Foreman from a title crack in a division which leaves room for a name ex-champ looking to make another mark?
"I think he'll have one more comeback fight before we take a major step," DiBella said. The fight with Davis is set for eight rounds or less. A ten rounder against someone a bit better than Davis would make sense if Foreman passes his Wednesday test, the promoter said.
"I don't want Yuri to get a big fight just to get paid," he said. "I want him to win it, or have an opportunity to win it. His injury was really severe, and he showed tremendous courage against Cotto. He deserves a proper comeback, and to be as close as possible to where he once was, when he gets the shot."