Orthodox Boxer Crushed in Title Bout

Salita loses fight after 76 seconds and three knock-downs

By Marc Tracy|December 7, 2009 11:00 AM

Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita, a Ukrainian-born resident of Brooklyn, had hopes [1] of becoming the second Orthodox Jewish boxer to hold a current world-championship belt (following Yuri Foreman [2]). 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 [3] 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 [4] 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 [3] [Haaretz]
Amir Khan Completes Regal Resurrection with 76-Second Demolition of Dmitriy Salita [4] [Telegraph]

Previously: Barney Ross [5] [Nextbook Press]
Orthodox Fighter Will Pray, and Then Fight [1]
In Training [2]

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