Yuri Foreman makes plans to return to ring

Former junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman is in training, looking to return to the ring after a 19-month break from the mental and physical rigors of the often savage sweet science.

Foreman, a 32 year-old Park Slope, Brooklyn resident, offered an update to his fans on Facebook:

"I'm back with my old trainer, Joe Grier, we are training hard and working on my comeback," he wrote on Monday. "I'm feeling strong, refreshed and driven. Hopefully soon i would have a fight date."

Foreman wasn't on message in his last fight, a six-round stoppage loss to Pawel Wolak in Las Vegas. It was his second straight loss after a TKO at the hands of Miguel Cotto. Later, he achieved his signature win, a unanimous decision over Daniel Santos, to win the WBA 154 pound crown, in November 2009.

Foreman has spent time raising his toddler son while studying to become a rabbi.

It's good to have a top tier local practitioner back in the saddle; Foreman has been on the shelf all the while NYFightBlog has been alive.