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“Amir Khan has a belt that belongs to me,” said Salita. “Amir Khan fought a very good tactical fight, and Amir is a good fighter, and Freddy Roach devised a very good plan for him.”
For Salita it matters not who he faces for the title, as long as he gets his big chance. The only difference is what he needs to do to win.
“I see things in Khan’s style that I can take advantage of,” said Dmitriy. “But, obviously I am not going to talk about it.”
“He’s a young guy,” added Salita, “but I’m a young guy too and my style is a lot different than Kotelnik’s. I promise that it’s going to be a great show, and I look forward to this and I’ve been dreaming about this since I started boxing.”
He admits that Kotelnik was a good fighter but adds, “Who ducked me,” when he thinks of the ex-champ.
If you think Salita sounds bitter, you think right. He almost can’t contain himself. He isn’t old as fighters go, yet, but he isn’t that young either. He is the WBA mandatory and he is fully expecting Khan to live up to his obligation and defend the title against him. There has been some talk that Khan wants to fight a come-backing Erik Morales.
“Amir has to step up to the plate and fight me,” demands Salita. “I look forward to the opportunity. I want to bring the title to Brooklyn, New York.”
Salita told this reporter that his promoter, Square Ring, has jumped on the new situation and is in touch with Khan’s people, Frank Warren, over in England.
“There has been discussion between the two groups about putting the fight together,” said Salita, and that is something that he is holding on to with every fiber in his body. Salita wants his shot more than anything. “I think it will happen in late October,” added Salita. “Amir said that he wants to fight in America.”
Salita is very happy with the way the British press has handled this situation, and the news of a possible Salita-Khan fight.
According to Salita the deal with Khan needs to be sealed within 30 days. There hasn’t been a mandatory defense since Kotelnik won the belt from Rees on March 22, 2008.
“I was supposed to fight Gavin Rees,” recalled Salita. “Andreas Kotelnik was his mandatory challenger and they pressed for the fight so that was enforced. All things being equal and the rules are the rules and I just gave an exemption so there is no possibility for Khan to fight the old over the weight, Erik Morales. There is no possibility.”
Next to Salita’s name in the WBA ratings is “OC”; Official Challenger. Based on that, as an observer of the great sport of boxing, it appears that Salita should be next in line. [link]
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