Jewish boxing fans haven’t exactly been starved for the heirs to Benny Leonard and Barney Ross.
From Zab Judah’s reigns as welterweight and light welterweight champion to Yuri Foreman’s championship success in the light middleweight division, Jewish boxers have risen to prominence again in recent years. However, as mixed martial arts and the UFC supplant boxing as the combat sport of choice - at least in the U.S. - prominent Jewish names are harder to find.
On Saturday night, though, one will be in the spotlight: Sarah Kaufman.
Kaufman, a 26-year-old native of Victoria, British Columbia, will challenge for the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship on Saturday night, when she meets Ronda Rousey for the title at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, with the fight being broadcast live on Showtime (10 p.m. ET).