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LAS VEGAS -- Yuri Foreman has two dreams: to become a rabbi and win a world boxing title. He accomplished the latter last night, capturing the WBA junior middleweight championship with a unanimous decision over Daniel Santos at the MGM Grand.


Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) scored knockdowns in the second and 12th rounds to win easily with one judge scoring the bout 116-110, and two seeing it 117-109. The Post saw it 118-108 for Foreman, who is believed to be the first orthodox Jew to win a world title in nearly 70 years. The fight came on the undercard of last night's main event featuring Manny Pacquiao against Miguel Cotto.


Foreman, who lives in Brooklyn by way of Israel, dropped Santos late in the second round with a looping right hand to the back of the head. Santos (32-4-1, 23 KOs) thought he had been fouled, but referee Jay Nady ruled it a clean knockdown.


Foreman rocked Santos again late in the fourth round, landing a solid right to the Puerto Rican's chin. Clearly hurt, Santos retreated to the ropes where Foreman went in for the kill, but Santos tied him up until the bell sounded.


Foreman, sensing the momentum was on his side, continued to be aggressive at the start of the fifth using his jab to open Santos' gloves.


Santos hadn't fought since July 2008 and he showed plenty of rust, especially early in the fight. His punches weren't accurate, he seemed hesitant and he was often off-balance.


The second half of the fight got rugged with several clashes of heads in the seventh round, one of which opened a cut on the side of Foreman's left eye. It proved to be a non-factor in the fight.


Nady warned Foreman in the eighth round about the clash of heads, but Foreman stayed aggressive, jumping in with head, fists and feet when he saw an opening. While Foreman was never really able to hurt Santos, he stayed busy enough to win rounds.


Sensing he was behind on points, Santos started looking to land the big punch. With his left hand cocked, he stalked Foreman, who stayed alert and on his toes. The blood dripping from the cut on his left eye didn't seem to bother Foreman, even though it was checked by a doctor during the 10th round.


Foreman opened the 11th by landing a right hand that staggered Santos, who emerged with a cut over his right eye.


As the fight entered the final round, Santos was desperate for a knockout. He came right after Foreman, swinging wildly with left hooks. Foreman kept moving, sliding to his left and then his right. But Santos kept coming, willing to make it a brawl to the finish. But Foreman ended Santos' effort by dropping him with a right hook to the body. It left no doubt about who had won the fight.


Foreman is studying to be a rabbi and hopes to complete his program in two years.


Source: http://www.nypost.com

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