- Dan Rafael, Boxing
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It’s not the biggest fight in the world but it harkens back to the neighborhood battles of years past in New York -- Dmitriy Salita, the orthodox Jew from Ukraine living in New York, against Puerto Rico’s Hector Camacho Jr., whose late father Hector Camacho Sr. was an icon in Spanish Harlem, where he grew up.
Salita and Camacho will meet Feb. 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a scheduled 10-rounder at 152 pounds on the undercard of the Danny Garcia-Zab Judah junior welterweight title bout. Salita-Camacho Jr. likely will be part of the Showtime Extreme coverage of the preliminary bouts.
The 30-year-old Salita (35-1-1, 18 KOs) fought on the inaugural card at the Barclays Center on Oct. 20, winning a six-rounder. He once fought for a junior welterweight world title but got knocked out in the first round by Amir Khan.
Camacho (54-5-1, 29 KOs), 34, never lived up to the hype and is coming off a sixth-round knockout loss in July to Luis Grajeda.
But even though Salita and Camacho never really advanced beyond their considerable hype, it figures to draw some attention in New York and in their ethnic communities.
Salita said he trained for four weeks at Brooklyn’s Starrett City Boxing Club with trainer Nirmal Lorick and conditioning coach Dave "Scooter" Honig. Salita said he will continue his training in Detroit working with Javon "Sugar" Hill, protégé and nephew of the late Emanuel Steward.
“I am happy and grateful that Golden Boy is giving me this opportunity,” Salita said. “I want good, significant fights. Camacho is a talented fighter and I expect for him to come prepared. This will be my sixth camp in Detroit. I look forward to getting great sparring and continuing my preparation in that great competitive environment.”
The fight will be Camacho’s first since his father was shot and killed in November in Puerto Rico.
It’s not the biggest fight in the world but it harkens back to the neighborhood battles of years past in New York -- Dmitriy Salita, the orthodox Jew from Ukraine living in New York, against Puerto Rico’s Hector Camacho Jr.