Roman Greenberg

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Roman Greenberg
Nickname(s) Lion from Zion
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 189 cm (74 in)
Nationality  Israeli
Born (1982-05-18) May 18, 1982 (age 34)
Balti, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 28
Wins 27
Wins by KO 18
Losses 1

Roman Greenberg (Hebrew: רומן גרינברג‎‎; born May 18, 1982) is an Israeli former heavyweight boxer based in the United Kingdom, former International Boxing Organization's (IBO's) Intercontinental heavyweight champion, with a 27–1 record.[1][2] Greenberg has been nicknamed the "Lion from Zion."[3]


Greenberg was born on May 18, 1982 in Bălţi, Moldova. His family immigrated to Tel Aviv, Israel, soon after his birth. He began boxing at age 11 after a friend took him to a boxing club in Kiryat Bialik. He won a silver medal at the 2000 Junior World Championships in Budapest.[4] At 15, in 1997 he won the silver medal at the European junior boxing championships.[5][6] Greenberg speaks four languages – Hebrew, Russian, German, and English.[7] Greenberg's brother was the Junior Chess Champion of Israel in 2004.[citation needed] He is well known for his vocal support of the State of Israel. Greenberg wears a Star of David on his trunks.[4] He trains in Maidenhead, Berkshire, and has a home near Haifa.[8] His manager and trainer is Jim Evans.[9]

Boxing career[edit]

In 1999, Greenberg was the youngest-ever winner of the Israeli national heavyweight title.[10] Greenberg won a silver medal at the Junior World Championships in 2000 in Budapest where he beat Viktar Zuyev 14:8 but lost to Dzhamal Medzhydov (Ukr). He posted a 47–5 amateur record.

"Greenberg has the fastest hands for a heavyweight since Muhammad Ali."[11]

Angelo Dundee

Greenberg made his pro debut in November 2001, after serving seven months in the Israeli Army.[12] In 2003, he knocked out Lithuanian Mindaugas Kulikauskas in the 5th round.[13] He won his first 27 professional bouts – 18 by K.O. – before he was beaten in 2008.

Greenberg won the IBO Intercontinental Championship by 6th round TKO against Alex Vassilev in March 2006.[14] His 25th victory was a unanimous decision over Michael Simms (formerly 19–6–1; 13 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in March 2007. He won nine out of 10 rounds.[15][16][17]

Greenberg next defeated American veteran Damon "Dangerous" Reed at the South Town Exhibition Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 18, 2007. Reed, 43-11-(5), a former WBO title challenger, had won his last three fights and fought some of the leading heavyweight and cruiserweight contenders in the world since turning professional in April 1995.[18]

Greenberg defeated Colin Kenna on points over eight rounds in London in October 2007.[19] The only time Greenberg "was in any trouble was when his stool collapsed under his sixteen and a half stone frame at the end of fifth round."[20]

In December 2007 Greenberg underwent a hand operation to repair an injury to the second and third metacarpals of his right hand.[21]

Greenberg lost his first bout against heavyweight contender Cedric Boswell (28–1; 22 KOs) in August 2008. He lost via TKO in the second round, after taking numerous punches from Boswell, who won for the 28th time in 29 fights, and is looking for a title bout opportunity. In June 2009, he was ranked 53rd in the International Boxing Organization's heavyweight computerized rankings. Of those ahead of him, only two were younger than he is.[22] Greenberg hasn't fought in the ring after his loss to Boswell.

"Through the Star of David, I represent Israel and myself. All through history, the Jews have always had to fight for their freedom and for their lives. When I come out wearing the Star of David, it shows the whole world that the Jews are still here and that they are successful."[5]

— Greenberg

Jewish heritage[edit]

Greenberg was one of three top Jewish boxers in January 2009, the others being Dmitry Salita junior welterweight (29–0–1) and Yuri Foreman, the middleweight (30–1–2).[23]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Box rec". Box rec. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Lion from Zion". Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Roman Greenberg - Jewish Boxer". Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Israel's boxing league a champ at promoting coexistence | social-action". June 2, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ "The Haifa Connection: Roman Greenberg and Yuri Foreman". February 20, 2004. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved February 19, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  10. ^ Archived from the original on August 21, 2007. Retrieved February 19, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Sport". SomethingIsraeli. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Roman Greenberg – Boxer – Boxing news". Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Roman Greenberg – Jewish Boxer". Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  14. ^ Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved February 19, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Search – Global Edition – The New York Times". International Herald Tribune. March 29, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Ibragimov annihilates Mora at the MSG Theater". March 10, 2007. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  17. ^ Abrams, Marc (March 11, 2007). "Boxing – Boxing News – Boxing Coverage". Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  18. ^ "SecondsOut Boxing News – UK Boxing News – Greenberg To Face Reed August 18". July 24, 2007. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  19. ^ Retrieved November 4, 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  20. ^ "Latest Boxing News". Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Greenberg To Undergo Hand Operation". Eurosport. 16 November 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  22. ^ "Heavyweight – Top 100 IBO Rankings – International Boxing Organization". Archived from the original on 4 June 2009. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  23. ^ "One of Many Jewish Boxers,". The Washington Post. September 14, 2002. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 

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