Dmitry Salita, Orthodox Fighter, Returns to Ring for One Last Shot at Title

Inspirational 'Star of David' Fights in Brooklyn

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By Raphael Gellar

Published November 07, 2013.
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After Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita’s fight against Hector Camacho Jr. was cancelled at the beginning of the year, Salita was not sure what would happen next.

The 31-year-old welterweight boxer has a career record of 33 wins, one loss and one draw over his 12 year distinguished career. Salita, an Orthodox Jew with roots in the Ukraine, has been a role model for several young Jewish athletes and established his own promotion company in 2010 called “Salita Promotions”.

Salita has one more chance to rejuvenate his career. He believes that if wins the upcoming fight, he will be able to keep his dream alive of fighting in one more world title bout. If he loses, chances are he will see retirement looming.

Dmitry Salita prays at Western Wall during visit to Jerusalem.
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Dmitry Salita prays at Western Wall during visit to Jerusalem.

In one of the most anticipated fights in New York City in recent memory, Salita is scheduled to fight against Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (22-1-1) on Saturday, November 9th at Aviator Sports & Events Center in Brooklyn.

The Forward’s Raphael Gellar spoke with Dmitriy Salita about his upcoming fight, his future in Israel and his life as an Orthodox professional boxer.

Raphael Gellar: A few months ago, you told me you were considering retirement after the cancellation of your last fight, what changed?

Dmitry Salita: I was considering retirement for lack of good opportunities. Boxing is full of politics and with the Camacho fight falling out the way it happened, was very bad. I did stay in shape and hoped that some of the opportunities that I was working on would materialize and luckily this one did.

What music do you plan to use when you enter for your big fight?

I am thinking about it. I have a few choices in my mind but I think I narrowed it down. A little while ago I heard an old rock classic “Here I go again on my own” I related to the lyrics so it maybe that.

How exactly did this fight get organized?

I read some months ago that Gabriel called me out for a fight. At the time, I was getting ready to fight Camacho. Then after that fell through, I called him and his people about putting it together. It took some time to organize, and I got the contract for it right after Rosh Hashana. We just had a press conference a few days ago to announce it and I am beyond excited.


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