Salita hungry for Big Apple grudge match

By Mike Sinclair, May 2, 2008

Dmitriy Salita has been offered an all-New York showdown with Edgar Santana on June 21 after his world championship plans suffered a setback.

Ukraine-born Salita has been forced to re-assess his world title campaign after Gavin Rees lost his WBA light-welterweight title to Andreas Kotelnik in Cardiff in March.

Salita’s management had been in talks for a challenge against Rees but the Welshman chose to defend against mandatory challenger Kotelnik instead and lost.

Salita, who left the Ukraine when he was nine, says: “I want the fight with Kotelnik badly.


Foreman sets sights sky high

By Mike Sinclair, April 25, 2008

Yuri Foreman has been promised a world title fight this year by top American promoter Bob Arum as a result of his convincing points victory over Saul Roman.

The unbeaten Jewish light-welterweight took the decision by scores of 97-93, 98-92, 98-92 in a successful first defence of his North American Boxing Federation title at the Aviator Sports Arena in Brooklyn.

The speed of 27-year-old Belarus-born Foreman, who lives in Brooklyn and was fighting there for the first time in his professional career, proved decisive against his Mexican opponent, who lost for the fifth time in 33 fights.


Saperstein claims third win

By Craig Silver, April 25, 2008

Laura Saperstein maintained her unbeaten record with a points victory in her third professional fight at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.

The former lawyer, 36, was on the front foot throughout against debutant Kristine Shergold of Paignton. She always looked in control of a lacklustre bout, winning three of the four rounds last Friday.

Fighting under promoter Frank Maloney for the second time, the 5ft 5in Australian was frustrated by her opponents’ spoiling tactics.