DMITRY SALITA – BOXING’S NEXT GREAT PROMOTER
By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com
November 11, 2017
Brooklyn, NY –
“I love boxing. I love this sport. I’m blessed to do what I love to do.” – Dmitry Salita
The sport of boxing is very demanding on anyone who partakes in it. From a fighter’s perspective, the daily regimen and constant grind to condition oneself to box a full three minutes is what makes the boxing the best sport on the planet and most exciting to watch. The wear and tear of getting up every day to run miles for conditioning, then return home to hit the heavy bags and spar with your counterparts, is what drives fighters to fight. With an understanding of the fighter and business side of boxing, former title
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Salita has been a Brooklynite since the age of nine, where he began developing his boxing skills at the Starrett City Boxing Gym under the tutelage of Jimmy O’Pharrow. While doing so he became friends with Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs – former WBA Middleweight Champion). Both Jacobs and Salita continued to win in the amateur ranks, both winning the New York Daily News Golden Gloves. Salita also won Sugar Ray Robinson award at this time in his amateur boxing career.
Salita is proud and thankful for the time he spent at Starrett City Boxing Gym.
“Jimmy O’Pharrow was a wonderful person in my life,” Salita said, “He taught me about boxing, but more importantly, he taught me about life.”
“I grew up with Daniel Jacobs. I’ve sparred with him over 100 rounds in the same gym. I learned so much from his former trainer Richard Roundtree. I’m happy to see him headlining this card.”
Salita, of Orthodox Jewish heritage, was nicknamed “The Star of David” during his professional boxing career.
Salita holds a professional boxing record of thirty-five fights, eighteen knockouts, with only two losses (35-2-1, 18 KOs).
During his professional career as a fighter, Salita was promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing (during the first three years of his career). Sailta has also been promoted by Lou DiBella (DiBella Entertainment) and Roy Jones Jr. (Square Ring Promotions) during his career. Salita was also one of the first fighter’s featured on the first fight card held at Barclays Center, which was on a Golden Boy Promotions card.
During his career as a professional fighter, Salita won the WBA-NABA Super Lightweight Championship and New York State Welterweight Championship. He continues to be a main fixture in the boxing community and in 2011, he opened his own promotional boxing company: Salita Promotions.
Salita and his promotional company are focused on promoting the best fights, not only in New York City, but to the entire world.
“I started my company and began working with certain fighters. Now each fighter that we’ve signed (twenty-five fighters signed) are all ranked, within the respective boxing organizations (WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF).”
“I started promoting my own fights in 2011. I put Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller on a lot of my shows in the beginning of his career. I built a good relationship with him and Luis Collazo (37-7, 20 KOs – former WBA Welterweight Champion). Cletus Seldin (The Hebrew Hammer – 20-0, 16 KOs) also fought his first fight on one of my cards.”
“I love boxing and love what I do. I’m blessed to still be involved in this sport. I have built a lot of good relationships within the boxing community. I understand the sport from a different level, from a 3D-level. I fought hard and had a good career. Now I am able to give back to the sport, the sport I love, from both a boxer and promotional level. I continue to learn all sides of boxing every day.”
In today’s realm of boxing, fight fans want the now, never mind the later. Fight fans expect great matchups that will showcase skilled fighters, with knockout power on both ends. No one understands this better than Salita, who continues to work hard in promoting the best fights that will give fight fans what they pay to see: a night of great boxing.
“The business side of boxing is tough and challenging, but that’s life and you will always face challenges. Promoting boxing events became a passion and business for me after I saw many fighters with potential to be become stars in the sport.”
“Promoting boxing matches is not an easy career. It’s take a certain person to do it. The business side of boxing is difficult for any promoter. At the drop of a hat, a fighter can pull out of a fight for any named reason, thus causing the displeasure of the many fans who paid their hard-earned money to witness a great event. It can be very demanding as fight fans want to see certain fighters fight, but from a business standpoint, it is difficult to make certain fights happen.”
“With each fight promoted, there’s a lesson learned that can transcend both the fighter’s and promoter’s career to further heights in the sport. The representation, the passion, and love for boxing is what drives myself, the fighters, and other promoters to deliver the best fights/matchups possible.”
Salita Promotions continues to march forward in furthering the sport of boxing. With the development of both Brooklyn Brawl and Detroit Brawl, Salita Promotions is a primed and ready to showcase the best fights for fans to not only watch at home, but to also attend the live events.
“Brooklyn Brawl and Detroit Brawl is a series of bouts that we promote for the fighters and the fans. Our platform is built to help fighters grow their fan base in New York City, Detroit, and the world. We’ve had our fights televised on Showtime and ESPN at boxing venues such as Barclays Center, Brooklyn Paramount Theater (LIU), MCU Park in Coney Island, and the Masonic Temple (Detroit, MI).”
“Detroit is the best comeback city. Detroit is a sports town and we’re committed on helping Detroit to become the next best city that has championship boxing. We’re also co-promoting a show with Premier Boxing Champions, which is showcasing the return of former WBC Super Middleweight Champion Anthony Dirrell (30-1-1, 24 KOs). The bout is scheduled to take place on November 17, live on FS1 (FoxSports1), at the Dort Federal Event Center in his hometown of Flint, Michigan.”
“We are also going to start bringing more fights to the New York City area. Our goal is to feature prospects, contenders, and world champions from all cities, states, and countries.”
The sport of boxing has many promoters. However, the sport needs a person who fully understands how to fight, from both inside and outside of the ring. Salita and his promotional company understand what it takes to grow and expand the business of professional prize fighting.
With the promotional signing of two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and WBC, IBF SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION Claressa Shields (4-0, 2 KOs), along with HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE CONTENDER JARRELL “BIG BABY” MILLER, Salita further shared his focus on expanding the sport of boxing to a broader region.
“Claressa Shields is one of the best boxing talents in boxing, period. I knew ahead of time that she would be the face of women’s boxing. After her professional debut, I spoke with her manager (Mark Taffet) and we brokered a deal with Showtime. She was the first women ever to be showcased on a major cable network (Showtime) as a main event fighter. She sold out the venue.”
“Claressa has faced many challenges in her life. Claressa will always fight her way to the top, no matter the obstacle in front of her. She’s a true American Hero. She’s the only two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in boxing history. Claressa is unique and will undoubtedly break records within the sport of boxing.”
“Claressa is an elite boxer, regardless of gender. She wants to fight the best. A fighter like Claressa comes once in every two generations. She’s a modern-day Muhammad Ali. She’s won both the WBC and IBF Super Middleweight World Championship belts in less than a year. That’s an incredible feat for any athlete in the sport of boxing. I’m very honored and thankful to be working with her and her team (Mark Taffet and Jamie Fritz).”
“Her next fight and title defense is scheduled for January 12, 2018, live on Showtime Boxing, at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona, NY. She is scheduled to face an undefeated fighter (Tori Nelson, Ashburn, VA – 17-0-3, 2 KOs).”
Salita understands the business of boxing through and through. His friend and business partner, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (19-0-1, 17 KOs) steps in the ring to face his next challenge towards becoming a world champion. On Saturday night, Miller will go to war in what will be a career defining fight against Polish Heavyweight Title Contender MARIUSZ WACH (33-2, 17 KOS). Salita strongly believes Miller will remain undefeated at the end of the fight.
“The heavyweight championship needs to be in Brooklyn and Jarrell is going to bring it back. Jarrell is one of the best heavyweights in this division. He can walk the walk and talk the talk. He came off an eleven-month layoff and he did what he needed to do against Gerald Washington. He wants to fight the best and with his personality, the HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION and BOXING NEEDS HIM.”
“He has a very tough fight, but Jarrell is in great condition and very prepared. He is ready to take over the heavyweight division. Miller is one of the best top contenders in boxing. He’s a Brooklyn heavyweight who has the skills and personality to crossover to nonboxing fans. He can change the sport and his career with his upcoming fight.”
“I’m very honored and thankful to be working with both great fighters such as Claressa and Jarrell. Salita Promotions is focused on making world champions and making the best fights.”
Jacobs Vs. Arias and Miller Vs. Wach are presented by Matchroom Boxing USA, in association with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Salita Promotions and Roc Nation Sports. The event takes place Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. BROOKLYN BOXING on Long Island is an extension of BSE’s BROOKLYN BOXING™ brand. For more information, visit brooklynboxingshop.com.
Tickets for the live event are on sale and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum.
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