Dmitriy Salita of Flatbush shed some rust and scored a unanimous decision, by scores of 59-55, 60-54, 59-55, in a six-rounder at the Barclays Center on Saturday night.
The Orthodox Jewish boxer told NYFightBlog he didn't have a problem making it from his hotel to the arena in time for his bout with Brandon Hoskins, despite adhering to Shabbos rules, but he wasn't able to get warmed up properly, so he used the first couple rounds to get loose.
If the fight went to eight rounds, he thought maybe he'd have taken Hoskins out, he added. Salita, 30, told me he wanted a big fight, maybe a title scrap against Paul Malignaggi next. His record goes to 35-1.