DiBella reacts to Foreman retirement, hopes for u-turn on June 7 fight

Promoter Lou DiBella has opened up on the situation regarding former world champion Yuri Foreman after the Israeli announced his retirement from the sport just three weeks before his scheduled appearance on the Cotto v Martinez undercard next month.

The 33 year-old, who has won his last four fights under DiBella’s stewardship, was due to fight on June 7 at the world famous Madison Square Garden against Jorge Melendez until his shock decision on Monday.

DiBella is now hopeful that Foreman, who blamed a ‘harmful contract’ for his announcement, will have a change of heart and take his place on what is set to be one of the most high-profile events of the year on HBO.

“Yuri Foreman has been training hard for his fight on June 7th against Jorge Melendez. At this moment, there is a dispute within Yuri’s team that does not involve DiBella Entertainment,” said DiBella.

“Yuri has worked very hard on his comeback to get to an opportunity like this. Lou DiBella and DBE have a great working and personal relationship with Yuri. We are awaiting a phone call and hope to see him fight on June 7th at MSG. This will be resolved very shortly.”

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