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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Salita's Scheduled Opponent

In his first fight since losing against WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan, Dmitry Salita is scheduled to fight Franklin Gonzalez. Gonzalez (13-5, 9 KOs) is from the Dominican Republic. Despite his tainted record, the 34-year old has two things to his advantage. He is experienced against tough competition and has been active of late. He's fought thrice since Salita last entered the ring and five times in the past twelve months, showing a 2-3 record.

Amir Khan recently had some encouraging words for his former opponent. About his first round KO of Salita (30-1-1, 16 KOs), Khan told Ellie Seckbach of BoxingFanHouse.com, "That happens in boxing. One punch can change a fight. And that's what happened to Salita, just like it happened to me (against Breidis Prescott in 2008). I'm sure Salita can bounce back."

The classy Khan concluded, "Good luck to Salita, because he's a great fighter and a great guy as well. You know after the fight he was respectful and didn't saying anything bad. But that's boxing for you. One punch can change a fight." Khan also believes that Salita would give Timothy Bradley, The Ring's #1 rated junior welterweight, "a great fight."

Salita's fight against Gonzalez is scheduled for September 1 at Oceana Hall in Brooklyn, New York. It is set for eight rounds and will be in the welterweight division.

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