Boxing

Salita muscles in for world title challenge

By Mike Sinclair, December 9, 2010

Dmitriy Salita is confident he will become a world champion after exploiting the confused, multi-organisational state of professional boxing to manufacture a second opportunity in New York next week.

Having failed to win the highly-regarded WBA light-welterweight when he was demolished in 76 seconds by Amir Khan in Newcastle a year ago, Salita has lowered his sights.

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Kedem test

By Mike Sinclair, November 18, 2010

Eilon Kedem, 26, has been handed the chance to return to winning ways on the undercard of Dmitriy Salita's world title fight.

Kedem, an Israeli super-bantamweight from Herzliya, suffered his fourth defeat in 19 professional fights when he lost a majority points decision to Guyana's Elton Dharry at New York's Roseland Ballroom in April.

But Salita, who meets Mike Anchondo for the vacant IBA welterweight title at the same venue, has offered Kedem, who learned to box in the Israeli Army, the chance of redemption against an opponent to be named.

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Hit-girl Hagar retains title

By Mike Sinclair, November 4, 2010

Hagar Shmoulefeld Finer pulled off the best win of her career as she exacted revenge over Germany's Julia Sahin to retain her Women's International Boxing Federation world bantamweight title in Ontario, Canada.

Tel Aviv-born Finer, 25, took a unanimous decision as she avenged a 10-round majority points defeat by Sahin in Hamburg in 2006.

The judges scored 98-92, 97-92, and 96-94 in favour Finer, who has now won 22, lost seven and drawn three times in her eight-year career while 36-year-old Sahin was beaten for only the second time in 22 professional fights.

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Gloves are off as Salita aims for redemption

By Mike Sinclair, October 28, 2010

Dmitriy Salita is set to exoricse the demons of his Amir Khan nightmare by challenging for the IBA world welterweight title.

Salita, 28, who was crushed by Bolton's Khan last December, will take on Mike Anchondo in a bid to get his career back on track.

The Brooklyn-based Jewish boxer will meet 28-year-old Anchondo, winner of 30 of his 33 fights, at Roseland Ballroom in Times Square, New York.

Salita's own company, Salita Promotions, have teamed up with Universal Boxing to stage the show and has also enlisted the services of legendary trainer Emanuel Steward.

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Jacobs goes crackers for gong

By James Masters, October 7, 2010

Gary Jacobs admits he was almost knocked out cold after being told he was being inducted into the Scottish Boxing Hall of Fame.

Glaswegian Jacobs retired from the ring in 1997 after an illustrious career which saw him become British, European and Commonwealth welterweight champion.

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Germany's Alexander the great

September 21, 2010

Alexander Frenkel is the new European Cruiserweight champion after a spectacular KO against former holder Enzo Maccarinelli in Birmingham.

German fighter Frenkel, who has a Jewish father, was the underdog going into the bout but extended his unbeaten record to 23 with his 18th knockout, sending the Welshman crashing to the canvas with a vicious left hook in the seventh round.

Maccarinelli beat the count only to be met by a flurry of brutal blows from the 25-year-old German and there was no way back.

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Frenkel will be a knockout

By Danny Caro, September 17, 2010

Unbeaten German sensation Alexander Frenkel faces the biggest test of his young career on Saturday when he takes on European Cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli in Birmingham.

Frenkel, who has a Jewish father, holds a 22-0 record including 17 KOs. He has been tipped to cause an upset against the Welshman by promoter Kalle Sauerland.

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Salita hits back with a bang

By Mike Sinclair, September 7, 2010

Dmitriy Salita returned from his devastating world title defeat by Amir Khan with a confident eight-round points victory over Franklin Gonzalez at the Oceana Hall in home-town Brooklyn, New York.

Blasted out in the first round when he challenged for Khan's WBA light-welterweight title in Newcastle last December, Salita took the decision 78-74 on the cards of all three judges.

"I felt a little rusty at first, the long lay-off absolutely affected me," said Salita who stepped up the pace from the fourth round to control the later rounds.

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Nakash on course

July 29, 2010

Ran Nakash, the unbeaten Israeli cruiserweight, moved a step closer to a world title shot after outpointing Victor Barragan over 10 hard rounds to claim his 25th straight professional victory.

Nakash, taken the distance for only the sixth time, took the decision by scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 96-94 over Barragan, a late replacement, at The Arena in Philadelphia.

The 32-year-old Haifa fighter is now being lined up to fight American Bobby Gunn, who has twice challenged for world titles.

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Yuri Foreman squares up to John Duddy

By Mike Sinclair, July 1, 2010

Yuri Foreman is being lined up to fight Irishman John Duddy at Madison Square Garden when he recovers from his recent knee surgery.

It is a make-or-break fight for the world title aspirations of Foreman and Duddy, who are both based in New York.

Foreman lost his WBA light-middleweight world title to Miguel Cotto on June 5 while Belfast-born Duddy was clearly outpointed by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr - son of the Mexican legend of the same name - at the San Antonio Alamodome last weekend.

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