Boxing

'Antisemitic' abuse at Salita match

By Faga Speker, Jonathan Kalmus and Jessica Elgot, December 7, 2009

The rabbi who accompanied boxer Dmitriy Salita to his fight against Amir Khan has expressed his shock at antisemitic abuse levelled at the Orthodox boxer and his supporters.

During the fight an Orthodox man was assaulted and abuse was hurled at Salita as he made his way to the ring.

The man from Manchester suffered a cut face when a drinks can was hurled at him along with antisemitic abuse during the Salita boxing match.

“After 76 seconds it was all hell let loose,” said the 45-year-old who wore a kippah to the fight.

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Salita's dream over in 76 seconds

December 6, 2009

Dmitriy Salita’s WBA light-welterweight title challenge ended in 76 dramatic seconds in Newcastle as holder Amir Khan produced the most sensational performance of his career.

The 27-year-old was knocked down three times, the first by a lightning left-right combination within 15 seconds of the opening bell at the Metro Radio Arena.

A dazed Salita never recovered and was subjected to a further barrage that saw him collapse to one knee after a devastating left had sent him reeling across the ring.

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Salita 'determined' for victory over Amir Khan

By Danny Caro, December 5, 2009

A “lifetime achievement” is how Dmitriy Salita described what being crowned IBF light-welterweight champion would mean to him ahead of tomorrow’s night title fight against Amir Khan.

Scheduled to walk into the ring to the tones of Matisyahu, Salita, 27, has handled a media frenzy in his usual calm and assured style since after touching down in England from his Brooklyn home at the end of last week. One of his first assignments was to visit the Kosher Deli in north west London. Then it was off to Tyneside.

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Salita 'determined' for victory over Amir Khan

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2009

A “lifetime achievement” is how Dmitriy Salita described what being crowned IBF light-welterweight champion would mean to him ahead of tomorrow’s night title fight against Amir Khan.

Scheduled to walk into the ring to the tones of Matisyahu, Salita, 27, has handled a media frenzy in his usual calm and assured style since after touching down in England from his Brooklyn home at the end of last week. One of his first assignments was to visit the Kosher Deli in north west London. Then it was off to Tyneside.

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Salita is boxing clever with pre-fight minyan

By Faga Speker, December 3, 2009

Newcastle Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Dovid Lewis is helping boxer Dmitriy Salita prepare for the fight of his life.

Before the religiously observant Salita challenges Britain’s Amir Khan for the WBA light-welterweight title on Saturday night in Newcastle, Rabbi Lewis will be organising a Shabbat minyan and meal in the boxer’s hotel. The rabbi also hopes to attend the fight, along with members of the Newcastle and Gateshead communities.

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Borat lookalike who became God's fighter

By Paul Berger, November 26, 2009

During boxing’s golden years, almost a century ago, about one-third of professional fighters were Jewish. But when Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita steps into the ring in Newcastle on December 5 to face Britain’s Amir Khan he will be an anomaly — an Orthodox Jew who has used brawn, as well as no small amount of brains, to get to the top of his field. Salita, 27, lacks the hard-scrabble upbringing of some of his Jewish predecessors, such as Benny Leonard, Barney Ross, and Ted “Kid” Lewis, who were raised in the ghettoes of respectively New York, Chicago and London.

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Salita targets Khan’s ‘vulnerable chin’

By Danny Caro and Mike Sinclair, November 24, 2009

The big fight might be over a week away but Dmitry Salita has started the mind games after saying that he intends to take advantage of Amir Khan's vulnerable chin ahead of the WBA light-welterweight title fight on December 5.

Ukrainian-born Salita wants to follow Breidis Prescott's example from 2008 by knocking out Khan in the bout at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.

"His chin is definitely an area of vulnerability," Salita said. "It's not just because of Prescott that he's vulnerable. He has been knocked down a whole bunch of other times.”

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Josh Burnham, 16, is amateur boxing champ

November 19, 2009

Joshua Burnham is the new British Amateur 58-60kg category champion.

Burnham, 16, won the British title for his weight, age and class at the Austin Rawlinson Sports Centre in Speke in Liverpool.

A member of Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue, Joshua started boxing at Bushey Amateur Boxing club, a successful gym run by Danny Shinkwin who has led several boys to championship titles, five years ago.

Under Shinkwin’s watchful eye, has become popular and respected fighter with an impressive and distinctive style.

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Trainee Rabbi is world boxing champ

By Mike Sinclair, November 19, 2009

Trainee Rabbi Yuri Foreman became the first ever Israel world champion when he lifted the WBA light-middleweight title in Las Vegas.

The 29-year-old Brooklyn-based Foreman, entered the ring as the underdog but boxed superbly to take a unanimous points decision over defending title-holder Daniel Santos.

“I’m very proud to do this for Israel and to show that Jews can fight,” said Foreman, the first Jewish world champion since Mike Rossman lifted the WBA light-heavyweight title in 1978.

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Yuri Foreman is Israel's first boxing world champ

By Danny Caro, November 16, 2009

Yuri Foreman became the first Israeli boxing world champion when he defeated Daniel Santos of Puerto Rico to take the WBA junior middleweight at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas.

Foreman, a Belarus-born Israeli who has lived in Brooklyn for 10 years is studying to be an Orthodox rabbi. He won the 12-round bout by a unanimous decision - 116-110, 117-109 and 117-10.

Foreman, 29, went into the fight with a perfect 27-0 record. He was up against Santos, who had 32 victories to his name - 23 by knockout, three losses and one draw.

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