Dmitriy Salita cleared what he hopes will be the final hurdle before a world title shot with a clear points victory over veteran Raul Munoz in Nevada.
Now unbeaten in 31 fights, Salita had put his status as official number one challenger to WBA world light-welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik on the line but never looked in danger. Two of the three judges at Buffalo Bill’s Casino and Resort in Primm gave the 27-year-old Brooklyn-based Jewish boxer every round.
Ukraine-born Salita opted to box rather than brawl, despite wobbling the bigger Munoz after being marked around the left eye early on.
“He came to fight and I could feel his size,” Salita said. “I thought I hurt him but I didn’t want to get wild.”
Having seen Kotelnik twice pull out of title defences against him after he thought terms had been agreed, Salita is now hoping to fight the winner of the champion’s next defence against British prospect Amir Khan at London’s 02 Arena on June 27.