A world championship title belt to many fighters is much more than a belt you wear around your waist. It’s the ultimate goal, from the trials and tribulations of hard work, training, dedication, and victory. Yuri Foreman is no exception, as he battled his way through the light middleweight division since 2002. Foreman is recently coming off a dominant performance over Daniel Santos back in November of 2009. The Belarus born fighter outpointed the Puerto Rican native in Daniel Santos via unanimous decision, and captured the WBA light middleweight title. Yuri Foreman looks to continue his success this year; ready and willing to stir the pot in the light middleweight division. I recently had a chance to sit down with Yuri as he hands out his thoughts and answers on what the year 2010 will bring.
MMB: Hey Yuri, congratulations on your most recent win against Daniel Santos.
What does the year 2010 bring for the boxing Rabbi?
YF: Well I’m not a rabbi yet, hopefully in 2 years. I’m not a fortune teller; I just can hope I will have some big fights. Nothing is confirmed yet, but there is a lot of talk about me fighting Miguel Cotto. I hope 2010 will be a year of great productivity, both inside and outside of the ring.
MMB: How does it feel to be a world champion?
YF: A childhood dream has been accomplished, feels great, thank God. Also a lot of responsibility.
MMB: Let’s talk about the light middleweight division!
YF: I don't really follow other fighters I don't have cable.
MMB: Do you feel you’re ready for a unification bout?
YF: Why not?
MMB: What’s your motivation and training habit prior to coming into a fight?
YF: I only like to work hard. Also I'm trying to be on top of my emotions, staying focused and Jewish spirituality helps me a great deal.
MMB: To date, who has been your toughest opponent?
YF: Hard to say, each of my opponents had presented me with a different challenge and required different tactics, some more technical, some more physical.
MMB: Change of pace, growing up who were your favorite fighters?
YF: Mike Tyson.
MMB: Who would you rather fight…Paul Williams or Kermit Cintron?
YF: Both fights sound good to me.
MMB: Well Yuri, it’s been a pleasure. Good luck to you in the future.
YF: Thanks Mike!
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