WBA title fight unites Islam and Judaism

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    WBA title fight unites Islam and Judaism


    Tuesday, 24 Nov, 2009

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    Salita may pray three times a day and read Hebrew, but he says that faith alone won’t
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    BUSHKILL: A fist fight may seem an odd way to show respect between Jews and Muslims, but when Dmitriy Salita competes for the WBA light-welterweight title next month, he’ll be doing just that.

    Salita, an Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn, New York, meets British Muslim title holder Amir Khan on December 5 in Newcastle, England.

    It will be a rare – reportedly the first – world title bout between practicing members of the two faiths.

    But at his training camp in Bushkill, in the Pennsylvania hills outside New York, 27-year-old Salita stressed the fight is about vying to be champion, not religion.

    ‘We’re coming to compete,’ said Salita, finishing up midday prayers in his room, before heading to the gym to hit the bags and work with Panamanian trainer Francisco Guzman.

    If anything, the fact they’re both religious and boxing pros from immigrant families is an opportunity to show that sports conquers politics.

    ‘Throughout history, Jews and Muslims have lived very well together. I think this event will show that,’ said Salita, whose parents, fleeing anti-Semitic harassment, brought him to the United States from ex-Soviet Ukraine when he was nine.

    ‘Sport is an international language and our fans will be together. I think it’s a positive event.’

    Khan, the 22-year-old son of Pakistani immigrants who took silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics, preaches the same message.

    ‘What I love about boxing is that it brings together every culture, race and creed under the sun,’ Khan told Britain’s Sun daily.

    ‘When before could you say that you are going to get the Muslims, the Jewish community and the British together in one place enjoying themselves on a night of world championship boxing?’

    Both fighters say their demanding religions help them in one of the most demanding of sports.

    Khan won’t fight during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and Salita has sacrificed his career by refusing to compete on the Jewish Sabbath, which starts at sundown Friday – often a big night for professional bouts.

    ‘The discipline helps me,’ Salita says.

    Soft-spoken, almost bookish outside the ring, Salita comes to the fight with an impressive 30 wins, one draw and no losses.

    Critics charge that this record includes no top-drawer opponents.

    But that will change December 5 when he meets the preciously talented Khan, who trains in Hollywood under Freddie Roach, trainer of Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.

    Khan has 21 wins, one loss, and impresses with his fast moves and faster fists. He will also have home advantage in Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena in front of a raucous crowd – and possibly sympathetic judges.

    Salita may pray three times a day and read Hebrew, but he says that faith alone won’t see him through.

    ‘For prayers to be answered, you have to work hard. If I don’t wake up in the morning and go to the gym I could pray however much I wanted and it wouldn’t go anywhere.’

    He rises at dawn for a five to eight mile run, then rest, breakfast and prayer. Afternoons are spent sparring, hitting bags and doing conditioning exercises to the beat of rap music.

    Much like Khan, Salita is known as a technical boxer, not a heavy hitter.

    His corner believes Khan, whose loss was a first round knockout by WBA lightweight champ Breidis Prescott in 2008, is ‘chinny’ and can be floored again.

    But for that, trainers want Salita to be less contemplative and more nasty.

    ‘Con rabia!’ Guzman yelled in Spanish – roughly translating as ‘get mad!’– as he held up pads for Salita to punch.

    ‘What, you don’t wanna fight?’ Guzman mocked, switching to heavily accented English.

    ‘Why you go there?’

    Salita peppered combinations of jabs and hooks into the pads.

    The Panamanian trainer finally beamed with pleasure: ‘You hit me good!’

    Assistant trainer Orlando Carrasquillo believes Salita must find another level against Khan.

    ‘We’re telling him that if he’s in Amir’s home territory, going after a title, he’s going to have to be aggressive. He has to set the tone.’

    Salita expects Britain’s Jewish community will turn out in force to cheer him on. He’s already organizing supplies of kosher food in Newcastle.

    But after years of waiting for a title shot, motivation won’t be the problem.


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    Amir Khaan: the only Pakistani I respect.


    This was Amir Khaan's last fight against Andreas Koetelnik at the Manchester Evening arena that he won by a decision in the 12th round. He's a good technikal boxer, quick with his feet and hands, but don't pack a big punch, and don't got a good chin:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnWraArkVt0


    That followed this: this's what happened when he met a boxer, Breidis Prescott that could actually throw a punch. Prescott landed a left hook to his glass chin and downed the bloke in 54 seconds:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9Oe8ewVVvM


    This is Mazel Tov. He's yet to meet a fighter that's worthy of his skill, but the lad's got good form and a good defense:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOw2a3Y58mc

    Abner Mares by the way is a Mexican Christian boxer from Guadalajara, with a stellar amateur record of 112-8.
     
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    Aiite blokes, so it's official, Aamir Khan beats Salita in all of 76 seconds!

    Mazel Tov turned out frankly to be a flat hoozie. And Khan was simply too quick, squaring him nicely with a right in the first few seconds and then forcing a count with a well-landed left. The fight ended when Salita was left unsteady on the ropes, and the referee stopped the bout to give Khan his first title defense of a WBA Light-Welterweight Title that he won from Koetelnik in July. All credit to the man, he fought brilliantly and his title defense was well-deserved.

    Pakistan (and India) should take a leaf out of this book and improve the facilities for their own fighters. There is so much talent that is waiting to be exploited, that is left untapped, because we don't nurture or nourish them but rather are content to see them lost to other countries, where their parents go to and they are born or leave for, because they have better training facilities. I am a witness to so much of this shit, take this for instance: this is Daniel Isaac, one of the pioneers of Mixed Martial Arts in India:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJKjde-jX5I

    This is from 1995. In 2005, he single-handedly started a gym, with no government support to churn out fighters for the MMA industry. These are some of his blokes:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijGJ8AlbZe4


    Khan was goin' nowhere before with his trainin style, but with Roach in the City of Angels, he's turned a completely different direction. His chin has improved, his defence is up high, and he's landing his hooks and crosses better. Here's him training with Freddie Roach (the same bloke who incidentally trained Manny Pacquiao before his victory over Oscar de la Hoya) prior to his match against Dmitry Salita:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxWbK-a7p2Q


    And here's pics of the bout:

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    Well played Aamir!
     

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