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February 25, 2013 1:36 pm

Jewish Boxer Says Claim He Backed Out of Match Because of Passover is False

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Dmitriy Salita.

Jewish pugilist Dmitry Salita released a statement Monday countering claims made by Hector Camacho Jr. that a match between the two scheduled for late April had been definitively cancelled because of Passover.

The two boxers were originally scheduled to fight February 9th, but that match was postponed when a boxer in one of the other scheduled matches that evening,  junior welterweight titlist Danny Garcia, suffered a rib injury.

After a story appeared on ESPN.com last week saying that the fight was off for good because of Camacho, the boxer contacted ESPN, contending that  he had been told Salita pulled out of the contest because of Passover.

Salita, who is an Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn, said in a statement “Either by mistake, or by design, contradictory stories have emerged to cancel our fight.”

He also confirmed his interest and commitment to the April bout.  “We are ready to put on a great fight for the fans… and ask them to continue to support us and for the promoter to honor our contract and our hard work.”

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