Shabbos schedule will test Salita

October, 18, 2012
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Dmitriy Salita will have more than Brandon Hoskins to contend with on Saturday night at the Barclays Center. Salita, nicknamed "The Star of David," observes Shabbos, a cessation of work from just before sunset on Friday until sunset Saturday night. He therefore doesn't fight during the weekly period of freedom from labors and contemplation of the spiritual aspects of life.

The 30 year-old fighter, who came to the U.S. from the Ukraine as a kid, holds a 34-1-1 record. He told NYFightBlog that this will be "the tightest fit ever for a fight."

The Flatbush, Brooklyn reisdent can't leave the hotel where he is staying until 6:50 p.m. ET, and he is slated to fight at 7:25 p.m. "It will be really hard," he said. "But I'm excited for the challenge."

His trainer, Javan "Sugar" Hill, said Salita got in superb work at training camp with other Kronk fighters. Moving forward, he is looking for the his boxer to feature the more aggressive style he used in the amateurs. "I like knockouts," Hill told me. That might be bad news for Hoskins, a Missourian who has lost his last two, both via stoppage.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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