Boxing

Win gives Salita a title shot

By Mike Sinclair, May 27, 2009

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.

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Stakes high for Salita

By Mike Sinclair, May 21, 2009

Dmitriy Salita knows he is taking a gamble with his world title ambitions when he fights Raul “El Torro” Munoz on Sunday.

Defeat against a 33-year-old veteran who last fought more than two years ago looks unlikely but it would wreck the unbeaten light-welterweight’s dreams after being named as No. 1 challenger to WBA world champion Andreas Kotelnik.

The 27-year-old Ukraine-born, Brooklyn-based Salita is hoping to fight the winner after Kotelnik makes a voluntary defence against British star Amir Khan, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist, at London’s 02 Arena on June 27.

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Salita waits

By Mike Sinclair, April 2, 2009

Dmitriy Salita is treading carefully as he closes in on a world light-welterweight title fight.

Hoping to challenge the winner of WBA champion Andreas Kotelnik’s planned title defence against Victor Ortiz, Salita called off this week’s scheduled fight against Raul Munoz at the Aviator Arena in Brooklyn.

Instead, Salita, ranked No. 1 challenger by the WBA, is hoping to fight a high-profile opponent on a big show at Buffalo Bill’s Casino, Primm Valley Resorts, Nevada on May 16 as he waits for the world title situation to unravel.

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Saperstein lands another victory

By Craig Silver, March 26, 2009

Laura Saperstein maintained her unbeaten professional record after claiming her seventh straight points’ victory at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.

A last-minute change of opponent did not unsettle Saperstein, 37, whose original opponent, rising Welsh star Lana Cooper, pulled out three days before the fight through illness. In the end, the far more experienced Bulgarian Galina Gymlisska, who has had 24 professional fights, was drafted in. It made no difference to the Australian-born fighter who put in a convincing display over the four rounds.

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Laura eyes 7th victory

By Craig Silver, March 19, 2009

Laura Saperstein is calling on the support of the Jewish community as she prepares to defend her unbeaten record in her seventh professional fight on Sunday.

Saperstein, 37, who returned from nine months in Thailand in February, goes up against Welsh rising star Lana Cooper in what is expected to be an exciting and intense four-round battle at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.

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Title fight

By Mike Sinclair, March 5, 2009

Unbeaten light-welterweight Dmitriy Salita, 26 has been installed as No. 1 contender for Andrea Kotelnik’s WBA world title.

The pair were due to meet last year but Kotelnik twice pulled out. He will now have to face Salita or risk being stripped of his title.

While he waits for his title opportunity, Salita will take a warm-up fight against a still-to-be-named opponent at the Aviator Complex in Brooklyn on April 2. “I am thrilled to get back in the ring and excited about getting a title shot soon,” he said.

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Laura's glad to be back

By Craig Silver, February 12, 2009

Laura Saperstein will make her long-awaited return to a UK ring in March.

Having spent the past nine months training and fighting in Thailand, Saperstein has recently opened her own design business in boxingwear.

She will be back in the ring at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on March 22, where she will fight against a yet-to-be-named opponent, having recently signed up with Miranda Carter, England’s only female boxing promoter.

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Points make prizes as Foreman record win 27

By Mike Sinclair, December 18, 2008

Unbeaten light-middleweight Yuri Foreman took another step towards a world title fight with a convincing points victory over James Moore at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

New York-based Foreman, ranked eighth by the WBC, cruised to his 27th successive victory over WBC No. 10 Moore by scores of 99-90, 99-91 and 100-90 on the cards of the three
judges.

Putting his North American Boxing Federation belt on the line, Foreman, an aspiring rabbi, consistently beat Moore, who had a big Irish-American following, to the punch for one of the most impressive victories of his career.

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GB athletes boosted by major deal

December 10, 2008

Maccabi GB has continued its preparations for next summer’s 18th Maccabiah Games by announcing a new and unprecedented partnership deal with Village Hotels worth in the region of a quarter of a million pounds.

The agreement will see Village Hotels offering complimentary membership of their state-of-the-art fitness clubs to each member of Team GB taking part in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2009.

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Salita eyes up Hatton

By Mike Sinclair, December 4, 2008

Dmitriy Salita, the unbeaten light-welterweight who was denied a shot at the WBA world title when champion Andreas Kotelnik pulled out of the fight, has turned his attention to Ricky Hatton.

Having watched Hatton's 11th round stoppage victory over American Paulie Malignaggi, Brooklyn-based Salita fancies his chances against the Manchester "Hitman".

"I want to fight him," said 26-year-old Salita. "I see a lot of mistakes. His defence is not good. He can be hit clean, and he's not too active in the ring.

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