Yuri Foreman outquicked, outboxed, and outfoxed a sluggish, out-of-shape Daniel Santos to win the WBA junior middleweight title tonight, winning a 12-round decision on scores of 116-110, 117-109 and 117-109. Bad Left Hook scored the fight 118-108 for Foreman, who took the role of aggressor, a rarity for the cautious Jewish star.
Foreman (28-0, 7 KO) scored two knockdowns of Santos (32-4-1, 23 KO), who came in at an exceptionally heavy 173 pounds for the fight, 19 pounds over his weigh-in of 154 yesterday. The 34-year-old Santos looked old, slow and unbalanced all night long, laying back and trying to load up single shots. It was clear he wasn't physically prepared following his long layoff. Santos last fought in July 2008.
For Foreman, it's his first major title, and will guarantee him some more big fights in the near future. He's beatable, but also bankable to some degree. Santos might have to move up to 160 if this fight was any indication, or he might just need to get more active again. He really is a fantastic fighter, but you would have never known it tonight.