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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Salita to Face Munoz in Brooklyn

Welterweight Dmitriy Salita is scheduled to face Hector Munoz on October 20 at the newly-opened Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York. The bout is part of a stacked card, the first to take place at the new arena. Salita-Munoz could be televised on Showtime Extreme.

Dmitriy Salita (34-1-1, 18 KOs) is 5'9" and 30 years old. He's fought once since April of 2011. That was a knockout victory over Roberto Valenzuela in August, his fourth consecutive triumph over a journeyman with a winning record. Salita hopes to obtain a title shot in the near future, particularly against WBA beltholder Paulie Malignaggi, who is facing Pablo Cesar Cano on the same card. Other names previously talked about for this fight with Salita were Edgar Santana (26-4, 17 KOs) and Vivian Harris (29-9-2, 19 KOs).

Hector Munoz (20-8-1, 13 KOs)- an Albuquerque, New Mexico resident- is four years older and an inch shorter than Salita. Munoz has won two fights out of ten since a 2008 win against the same Roberto Valenzuela. Munoz has been knocked out five times in his career. However, six of his eight losses were against quality prospects or contenders who were undefeated at the time. These include Antonin Decarie, Mike Jones, Shawn Porter, Ravshan Hudaynazarov, Yoshihiro Kamegai, and Brad Solomon.

A fight with the likes of Munoz is not exactly one that will propel Salita into a position for a mandatory title shot. But it is a step up from his recent competition and a win would put him closer to his goal. The Salita-Munoz contest is marked for eight rounds or fewer.


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