Ex 154 champ Yuri Foreman took to social media to air out a managerial situation. On Facebook on Monday afternoon, the Brooklyn resident in fact announced his retirement, effective immediately, stemming from a dispute with an unnamed business cohort.
He mentioned “a very harmful contract” which he said he tried to get out of. That not being possible, he said he would hang up the gloves.
The statement, naturally, had many in the fight game wondering if Foreman was referring to his promoter, Lou DiBella. Team Dibella issued a release not long after Foreman's Facebook announcement. Here it is:
STATEMENT FROM LOU DIBELLA ON YURI FOREMAN SITUATION
New York, NY (5/19/14) – “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. 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.”