Salita to Face Anchondo on Thursday in NYC

Salita last fought in September and defeated Franklin Gonzalez (Photo by Alex Gorokhov).

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Fight is for IBA Welterweight Title

The IBA Welterweight Championship is on the line this Thursday at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, when Dmitriy “The Star of David” Salita (31-1-1, 16 KOs) takes on Mike Anchondo (30-3, 19 KOs). The card, which gets underway at 6:30 p.m., is a product of Salita Promotions in association with Universal Boxing.

“Fighting in front of my fans has been great, and it’s going to be a great experience,” Brooklyn native Salita said in a recent radio interview with All Boxing 24/7. “It’s going to be a tough fight with Mike because I know he’s going to come to bring his ‘A’ game, and I think the fans are going to enjoy themselves.”

Salita, who suffered the only loss of his professional career to Amir Khan last December in England, enlisted the services of International Boxing Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward to prepare him for this fight, and he referenced that training in the interview with All Boxing 24/7.

“It was a great experience,” he stated about his time in Detroit. “Some really good boxing down there. A lot of really good fighters, good atmosphere, and Emanuel has a great eye and a great mind for boxing, and it was a great help.”

Salita bounced back from the bout with Khan with an eight round unanimous decision over Franklin Gonzalez this past September at Oceana Hall in Brighton Beach, New York. The last time Anchondo stepped in the ring was also in September, when he fell victim to a TKO at the hands of Freddy Hernandez at Buffalo Bill's Star Arena in Primm, Nevada.

“We’re fortunate to have gotten this opportunity, and I’m going to take advantage,” Anchondo said of the title fight to ESN News correspondent Elie Seckbach. “I’m going to beat him. I’m going to win, definitely.”

General admission tickets for Thursday are $40, and ringside and VIP packages are also available by calling 917-440-3278.

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