Salita promoting his title fight


(JTA) — Orthodox Jewish boxer Dmitriy Salita is promoting his own world championship bout.

Salita will fight for the International Boxing Association welterweight title against "Mighty" Mike Anchondo on Dec. 16 at Roseland Ballroom in New York’s Times Square.

The card, which is being put on by Salita Promotions in assocation with Universal Boxing, will include two other Jewish fighters: Ilan Kedem, an Israeli who learned to box in the Israeli army, and Boyd Melson, a U.S. Army boxing champion.

Jewish reggae star Matisyahu is scheduled to accompany Salita to the ring with a live song.

Salita, who has a record of 31-1-1, in his last fight scored an eight-round decision in September over Franklin Gonzalez in a light-welterweight bout. Salita was returning to the ring after being knocked out by Amir Khan in their World Boxing Association light-welterweight title bout in England 10 months earlier.

Salita promoted the September card in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Ukraine-born Salita is training in Detroit with Boxing Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward, who recently gave some boxing lessons to Eminem. The rapper-actor was preparing to play Salita in a Walt Disney film titled "Knockout."

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