Salita makes first visit to Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Orthodox Jewish boxer Dimitriy Salita made his first visit to Israel just days after losing a bout for the world light-welterweight title.

Salita arrived Wednesday with his wife, Alona, from England, where the championship fight took place Saturday. He is scheduled to visit the Western Wall and meet Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky — and told the Jerusalem Post he would eat all the kosher food he could find.

His six-day trip is sponsored by the aliyah group Nefesh B’Nefesh, but the boxer told the newspaper that he has no immediate plans to move to Israel.

Amir Khan, a Muslim of Pakistani descent, retained his World Boxing Association crown by stopping Salita 1:16 into the first round.

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