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

Inspirational 'Star of David' Fights in Brooklyn

getty images

By Raphael Gellar

Published November 07, 2013.
  • Print
  • Share Share
  • Multi Page

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.
Getty images
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.

What do you hope to accomplish from this fight?

Gabriel is a world ranked fighter who is well known in the boxing world. I expect that a victory will put me a step closer to challenge for another world title. I am training hard and look forward to November 9th.

Why did you start your own promotion company?

I started my company in 2010. We promoted some of my fights as well as other well-known world class fighters’, world champions and contenders. I value the relationship that I have with the boxing community the boxers and trainers. I think there is a lot of potential and I am working hard to materialize it. We are working on boxing shows for the next few months. I enjoy the process and am excited about the possibilities

How is the training going for the fight?

Training is going very well! I have spent the last few weeks in Florida sharing camp with current light heavyweight champion, Adonis Stevenson and Anthony Dirrel. It’s a great atmosphere! I am working really hard and I look forward to coming home and putting on a show November 9th.

How do you manage to balance the time between religion and work?

Both religion and my work have found a way to function side by side. My goal of religious life is to incorporate it into my business and every day activities, that’s what I have been taught and I strongly believe that message. I train in Boca Raton, and the Jewish community here has been very warm and welcoming.

Do you ever plan on living in Israel with your family?

I love Israel! My wife is actually an Israeli citizen. I hope that one day, we can work towards that opportunity.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • It’s over. The tyranny of the straight-haired, button nosed, tan-skinned girl has ended. Jewesses rejoice!
  • It's really, really, really hard to get kicked out of Hebrew school these days.
  • "If Netanyahu re-opens the settlement floodgates, he will recklessly bolster the argument of Hamas that the only language Israel understands is violence."
  • Would an ultra-Orthodox leader do a better job of running the Met Council?
  • So, who won the war — Israel or Hamas?
  • 300 Holocaust survivors spoke out against Israel. Did they play right into Hitler's hands?
  • Ari Folman's new movie 'The Congress' is a brilliant spectacle, an exhilarating visual extravaganza and a slapdash thought experiment. It's also unlike anything Forward critic Ezra Glinter has ever seen. http://jd.fo/d4unE
  • The eggplant is beloved in Israel. So why do Americans keep giving it a bad rap? With this new recipe, Vered Guttman sets out to defend the honor of her favorite vegetable.
  • “KlezKamp has always been a crazy quilt of gay and straight, religious and nonreligious, Jewish and gentile.” Why is the klezmer festival shutting down now?
  • “You can plagiarize the Bible, can’t you?” Jill Sobule says when asked how she went about writing the lyrics for a new 'Yentl' adaptation. “A couple of the songs I completely stole." Share this with the theater-lovers in your life!
  • Will Americans who served in the Israeli army during the Gaza operation face war crimes charges when they get back home?
  • Talk about a fashion faux pas. What was Zara thinking with the concentration camp look?
  • “The Black community was resistant to the Jewish community coming into the neighborhood — at first.” Watch this video about how a group of gardeners is rebuilding trust between African-Americans and Jews in Detroit.
  • "I am a Jewish woman married to a non-Jewish man who was raised Catholic, but now considers himself a “common-law Jew.” We are raising our two young children as Jews. My husband's parents are still semi-practicing Catholics. When we go over to either of their homes, they bow their heads, often hold hands, and say grace before meals. This is an especially awkward time for me, as I'm uncomfortable participating in a non-Jewish religious ritual, but don't want his family to think I'm ungrateful. It's becoming especially vexing to me now that my oldest son is 7. What's the best way to handle this situation?" http://jd.fo/b4ucX What would you do?
  • Maybe he was trying to give her a "schtickle of fluoride"...
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.