Salita lined up for boxing champ Amir Khan

By Mike Sinclair, September 29, 2009

Dmitry Salita will get his long-awaited world title shot against Amir Khan if Britain's WBA light-welterweight champion gets his way.

Khan's promoter Frank Warren has been in talks with Jewish fighter Salita's management team about a December fight in Britain and the Bolton fighter said: "I'd like to fight him.

"He's the number one contender and I think he's the ideal fight for me at this moment in time."


Greenberg set for boxing comeback

By Danny Caro, September 24, 2009

Roman Greenberg, the British-based Israeli heavyweight, is set to return to the ring towards the end of the year. Greenberg, 27, has not fought since suffering his first loss, a second-round technical knockout against Cedric Boswell last August.

He has since relinquished the IBO Intercontinental title and, during the past 12 months, has gone under the knife to repair a long-standing hand injury.

Robert Waterman, Greenberg’s promoter, says that his fighter is scheduled to have a comeback fight in November or December.


Olympic call-up for boxer Laura Saperstein

August 20, 2009

Laura Saperstein believes that the decision to allow women’s boxing at the 2012 Olympics will give the sport a major boost.

Saperstein, 37, is not allowed to compete at the London Games as she is a professional but she hopes to play a leading role behind the microphone as a commentator.

“It will bring a lot of attention to the sport,” Saperstein said. “I’m pretty sure that if I was in line then I’d be going so I’m slightly rueful of the timing.

“There is no doubt in my mind that this will change attitudes about women’s boxing 100 per cent.


Nakash inflicts ‘Storm’ damage

By Mike Sinclair, July 16, 2009

Cruiserweight prospect Ran Nakash extended his winning run to 19 fights with a fourth-round stoppage over American William “The Storm” Bailey in New Jersey.

Bailey was undone by Nakash’s body punches, causing the referee to step in 1 minute 49 seconds into the round at the Prudential Centre in Newark.

It was the hard-hitting Haifa boxer’s 15th inside-the-distance victory since turning professional three years ago. He has moved up to No 28 in the WBC world rankings.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.