‘We are all cre­ated in His im­age’

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

told me if I didn’t fight I would be dis­qual­i­fied. I wasn’t ex­pected to make it to the semis, but I did. I beat the am­a­teur world cham­pion.

A lo­cal re­porter asked me if I was ready for the fi­nal. I told him I was ready but I couldn’t fight.

“He spoke to US box­ing and man­aged to get the fight moved.”

On the mat­ter of how his fel­low-pro­fes­sion­als re­spond to him be­ing re­li­gious, he said: “You’d have to ask them. They’ve seen me putting on tefillin, they take it in their stride.

“I grew up in a gym. Since I was a boy, that has been my ed­u­ca­tion. I re­spect my­self and I don’t have prob­lems with any­one. We are all cre­ated in the im­age of God. Every per­son is valu­able.”

The 27-year-old, who is mar­ried, plans to ar­rive in Eng­land a cou­ple of weeks be­fore the fight, at the Metro Arena in New­cas­tle, on Satur­day De­cem­ber 5. He will stay in a ho­tel near the strictly Ortho­dox com­mu­nity of Gateshead.

His for­mer trainer Jimmy O’Phar­row has de­clared that “vic­tory is on the cards” for Salita.

Speak­ing from the Po­cono Moun­tains, in Penn­syl­va­nia, where Salita is hill run­ning and box­ing, he said: “I’ve had him since he was 13 years old. He’s go­ing to win. It’s on the cards.”

Salita will have an­other week in Penn­syl­va­nia be­fore re­turn­ing to O’Phar­row’s gym in Brook­lyn.

Ad­ding that Salita still needs to bring his weight down, which is cur­rently about 150 lbs, O’Phar­row said: “Over­all his train­ing is go­ing very well.”

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