Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Yuri Foreman Battles A Bar Mitzvah

Boxer’s Yankee Stadium fight threatened by party

Print Email
Foreman last November.(Joe Kohen/Getty Imagesfor Jewish Nation Fund)

The original plan was to have Yuri Foreman—the Belarusian-born middleweight champion of the world, who in his spare time studies to be an Orthodox rabbi—fight Puerto Rican sensation Miguel Cotto in a dramatic June 5th bout to take place at none other than Yankee Stadium. “I’m very excited to defend my title in New York, which is the Jewish capital of the Diaspora,” Foreman said. A friend of his hyped it further: “It may be the biggest Jewish sporting event of all time, certainly since David fought Goliath.”

But Foreman, Cotto, and boxing promotion company Top Rank—led by legendary promoter Bob Arum, himself no stranger to, well, being Jewish—have run into quite the ironic snag: as it stands now, certain Yankee Stadium lounges have been rented out on the night in question … to a bar mitzvah party. Even more problematically, part of that deal involves use of the center field Jumbotron (to display baby pictures and other bar mitvah-y stuff).

If the bar mitzvah conflict can’t be resolved, the fight will likely move to Madison Square Garden on the night of June 12th. That, however, is also the night before Puerto Rican Day, which we fear would lend Cotto an advantage in adrenaline and crowd support. Other than that, it looks to be a good fight: Cotto is likely one of the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters but is also a little less heavy than Foreman, who has more experience fighting at the 154-pound class also favored by great Jewish boxer Barney Ross.

Either way, though, boxing aficionados should plan for a late night: the main event will not be scheduled to begin before 11:30 P.M., so that Foreman is fully able to observe Shabbat.

Foreman-Cotto Either June 5 or June 12 [AP/ESPN]

Related: In Training [Tablet Magazine]
Barney Ross [Nextbook Press]

Print Email

I’m sure they can work something out with the Bar Mitzvah boy. Either way I’m gonna be at the fight with all my buddies!

Steve-O says:

Can’t wait! Go Yuri!

Here’s my take on the Yankee Stadium Bar Mitzvah party that’s blocking the way for a championship boxing match later that night.

http://blog.rabbijason.com/2010/02/negotiating-with-bar-mitzvah-boy.html

This genuinely answered my difficulty, thank you!

Nice blog here! Also your website loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

I do love the manner in which you have framed this situation plus it does indeed provide me some fodder for thought. However, through just what I have observed, I simply trust when the feed-back pile on that men and women stay on issue and don’t start upon a tirade associated with the news du jour. All the same, thank you for this superb point and although I do not concur with the idea in totality, I regard your point of view.

2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Yuri Foreman Battles A Bar Mitzvah

Boxer’s Yankee Stadium fight threatened by party

More on Tablet:

Remembering Tech Titan Danny Lewin, the Fighting Genius on Flight 11

By Liel Leibovitz — The first victim of the 9/11 attacks was a veteran of an elite IDF unit, as well as an innovative Internet entrepreneur