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Roman boxing invasion by: Leslie Bunder
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Roman Greenberg
Roman Greenberg

Maidenhead-based Israeli heavyweight boxer Roman Greenberg is now starting to show that when it comes to being a pro, he's got what it takes.

Earlier this month, the 23-year-old won the IBO Intercontinental heavyweight title by taking on Russian Alex Vassilev in Monte Carlo and defeating him in just six rounds.

The win makes him undefeated in 22 matches with 15 knock outs to his credit and is now being lined up for a chance to take on European heavyweight champion Paolo Vidoz either in Monte Carlo or Israel.

Greenberg himself has an international background. He was born in Russia, emigrated first to Austria and then to Israel and is now based in England where he is managed by Robert Waterman. As a result, he speaks English, Hebrew, German and Russian.

"Russians, it is well-known, don't like Jews, and so we went to Austria for a better life," he told The Forward in 2004 of when they went to Vienna when he was six and then when he was 10 they were off again, this time to Israel.

After his barmitzvah, Greenberg took up boxing and showed great potential that was recognised by the Israeli army with whom he got an honorable discharge so he could focus on his boxing skills.

Greenberg is proud of his Jewish roots and sports a large star of David on his boxing shorts.

"I am a Jewish fighter who represents all Jews. It is important for people to see there are Jewish boxers. If I succeed, all Jews succeed," he told The Forward.



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