Why fat cats at HBO do not let this Russian Jewish Kid fight?
Are they afraid that he is going to win?
Dmitri Salita paid his dues in Brooklyn's Starrett Boxing Club. Now, he wants a fight on HBO.
Promoter Lou DiBella told ESPN.com that his June 21 "Boxing After Dark" card (HBO) will take place at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The main event features welterweight Andre Berto against Miki Rodriguez in a title eliminator, with a meeting between unbeaten heavyweight prospects Cristobal Arreola (23-0, 21 KOs) and Chazz Witherspoon (23-0, 15 KOs) in the opener. DiBella hoped to match New York ticket sellers Dmitriy Salita (28-0-1, 16 KOs) and Edgar Santana (24-3, 15 KOs) in a third fight on the telecast, but HBO balked at the junior welterweight match. DiBella said both fighters would appear in separate, untelevised bouts, but Salita, an Orthodox Jew with a following in New York, was very disappointed that HBO would not buy him against his city rival. "It's disheartening and I am not getting an opportunity to show myself," he said in an e-mail to ESPN.com. "I gave my life to boxing and have overcome a lot to get to this point. I remember reading about [Bob] Arum trying to pitch [Kelly] Pavlik to HBO and he said, 'There's a perception with boxing network guys and boxing people that if you're a white guy, you can't fight.' I had to overcome that perception my whole life. Add my background to it and I think it increases that stereotype. But I won the nationals, every inner-city tournament for like six years, the Golden Gloves and the Ray Robinson award. I am undefeated as a pro. "I grew up in [Brooklyn's] Starrett Boxing Club with Joe Greene, Luis Collazo, Curtis Stevens, Jaidon Codrington, Monte Barrett, Zab Judah, Travis Simms, now Danny Jacobs is the new blood. We all come from the same gym. I got one of the best boxing educations in the world. I didn't pop up here. I gave my life to boxing and I deserve my opportunity." [link]
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