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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Salita to Fight Anchondo

Dmitriy Salita (31-1-1, 16 KOs) will take on Mike Anchondo (30-3, 19 KOs) for the vacant IBA welterweight world championship on December 16, 2010 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. The IBA title is considered a minor belt.

Salita is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over Franklin Gonzalez in September. This fight marks Salita's second straight campaign at welterweight after fighting mostly at junior welter throughout his career. To prepare for this fight, Salita has worked with the renowned trainer Emanuel Steward for a few weeks, though Nirmal Lorick will be his principal trainer.

Salita is the naturally bigger man and holds a significant height and reach advantage over Achondo. Both men are the same age, 28 years old. Anchondo is a former world champion, defeating Julio Pablo Chacon for the vacant WBO super featherweight title in 2004. He lost the title on the scales before his first defense, a loss to Jorge Barrios.

Anchondo looked unimpressive in his last fight, a 4th round TKO loss televised on ShoBox against Freddy Hernandez last month. Hernandez, coincidentally, was the last man to hold the IBA welterweight title back in 2008. Anchondo appeared out of shape and was never really in the fight with the talented Hernandez.

A win over Anchondo would be the best of Sailta’s career to this point. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds.


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  2. Doesn't look minimally kosher.I'd really like to take Salita seriously;I'd heard he was working with Emanuel Steward-and while another
    trainer is listed above-Jimmy O'Pharrow remains on his site...I mean as far as minor titles go..Dana Rosenblatt had 'em-and earned 'em.Salita was destroyed two fights ago-and Anchondo was stopped a month ago and there are tons of hungry fighters "out there" and...