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Friday, August 3, 2012

Salita to Face Valenzuela

Dmitriy Salita will end a long layoff tomorrow when he faces Roberto Valenzuela tomorrow at the Exposition Hall in Mobile, Alabama. The fight will take place at junior middleweight and is scheduled for eight rounds.

Salita (33-1-1, 17 KOs) had been in the running to face WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi when the Barclay's Center Arena in Brooklyn, New York opens its doors for boxing on October 20. Both Salita and Malignaggi are from Brooklyn. But, last week, Malignaggi selected Pablo Cesar Cano to be his opponent. Of the selection, Salita remarked, "Paulie fighting Cano is pretty surprising to me."

But late this week it seems Cano will not be Malignaggi's opponent on October 20, opening the door for Salita if he should look good against Valenzuela. Valenzuela (65-62-2) has fought 13 times since Salita last entered the ring on April of 2011. Valenzuela, a 39 year old, is nine years older than Salita. The 20 year veteran is two inches taller and has a three inch reach advantage.

Salita, who weighed in at 154.2 for this fight, has won his last three fights and Valenzuela, who came in at 149.4, has lost his last two.

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