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Orthodox Boxer Crushed in Title Bout

Salita loses fight after 76 seconds and three knock-downs

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Khan vs. Salita. Salita is the one, er, getting punched in the face.(Graham Stuart/AFP/Getty Images)

Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita, a Ukrainian-born resident of Brooklyn, had hopes of becoming the second Orthodox Jewish boxer to hold a current world-championship belt (following Yuri Foreman). Unfortunately, his opponent Saturday night in Newcastle, England, Amir Khan, had other plans for their junior welterweight title fight. Seventy-six seconds after the opening bell sounded, the referee stopped the fight and awarded it to Khan: a sensible decision given that Khan had already knocked Salita down three times. Khan was heavily favored based on talent and experience alone; the fact that Freddie Roach, the trainer of the world’s best boxer, Manny Pacquiao, was in his corner made victory nearly certain. As for Salita, he gained respect for the moxie with which he eagerly kept rising from his knock-downs against his obvious better. In boxing, however, that respect is the consolation prize of the defeated.

Salita Falls Hard and Fast in Title Bid [Haaretz]
Amir Khan Completes Regal Resurrection with 76-Second Demolition of Dmitriy Salita [Telegraph]

Previously: Barney Ross [Nextbook Press]
Orthodox Fighter Will Pray, and Then Fight
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Manny Blanco says:

I feel that this article is well written. It was not Dmitriy’s evening. There will be other opportunities and he will be a world champion. Besides Boxing he is doing much good in his life. My grandson is named after him as my son knows how much I respect Mr. Salita. He will not compromise himself ever and is true to his faith and his convictions. I read many articles that made this a Jewish Fighter vs a Muslim Fighter. It was a boxing match between two fighters, one happened to be Jewish and the other that happened to be Muslim. I wish Dmitriy much good fortune and happiness in the future.
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Orthodox Boxer Crushed in Title Bout

Salita loses fight after 76 seconds and three knock-downs

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