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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Salita Wants a Rematch

Hoping to avenge his only career loss, light welterweight contender Dmitriy Salita believes he's now ready to battle on the level of WBA champion Amir Khan. Boxing News 24 reports that Salita (30-1-1, 16 KOs) wants a rematch with Khan (22-1, 16 KOs).

It was last December that Salita got his first world title shot. The Brooklyn-based fighter traveled to Khan's hometown of Newcastle, England for what he hoped would be his coming-out party. Instead, it was an uncompetitive fight, over almost as quickly as it started. After three knockdowns in the first round, the bout was stopped and Salita's first opportunity was gone.

Since the fight, Salita has been blasted on the internet for his poor showing. But he has kept his sights high. A fight with Khan, who is scheduled to fight Paulie Malignaggi in a week, is likely not in the immediate future for Salita. In the meantime, this is a chance for him to work his way back up the rankings by challenging top contenders before his next title shot.

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