Jerry Glick reporting: Welterweight contender Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita said that he thought he had a fight all sealed up against WBA Interim Welterweight belt holder, Ismael "Desert Storm" El Massoudi, 36-3 (14 KOs), but this is boxing and very little is written in stone.
“I signed a contract to fight Ismael El Massoudi, from Morocco via France, we agreed to fight for his title, but Hatton Promotions tried to make a deal with his promoters for Matthew Hatton. They couldn’t make an agreement so they went directly to the fighter and they are working on trying to make a deal with him overstepping the promoter and really going against the grain and boxing rules. I’ve been reading on the internet and British papers that Matthew Hatton has been getting ready to fight this guy, but that’s not the truth because I’m getting ready to fight this guy.”
Salita, 33-1-1 (17 KOs), hopes to have Madison Square Garden as the venue, “But Hatton has definitely delayed the process.”
Salita added that he will fight for his rights to the title shot that he feels is due him after successfully negotiating with Massoudi’s people, explaining that he has complained to the WBA and he let the people at Sky TV, who were set to broadcast a Hatton-Massoudi fight, that he will take legal action if they broadcast the fight.
“I respect the Hatton name,” said Salita. “He beat my hero Kostya Tszyu, but Matthew has to get in line. He has made things more difficult. I’m going to get my title fight, that’s what I intend on doing. There’s no way Hatton is going to stand in my way.”