(photo credit: Associated Press)
NEW YORK (JTA) – Dmitriy Salita will make his return to the ring in a boxing
card he is promoting.
Salita, 28, an Orthodox Jewish boxer from Brooklyn,
N.Y., said at a news conference Tuesday that he will fight September 1 at the
Oceana Hall in Brooklyn, the venue of his first professional bout.
has not fought since being stopped by Amir Khan in December in the first round
of their World Boxing Association light-welterweight title bout in
“The period before the Jewish New Year is the ideal time for me
to fight and win my next battle,” Salita said. “I am hungrier than I
He said he is acting on his interests in the business side
of boxing and organizing a fight card in Brooklyn, where he grew up and
his most ardent fan base is located.
“It’s important for the business
side of boxing to have new blood,” Salita said at the news conference in
Manhattan. “I’m in the gym, I see the boxers. There are so many talented
who never get the opportunity.”
After developing the Dmitry Salita Center
in conjunction with Ezra USA as a way to help Russian Jews connect with
as well as a boxing program with the JCC of Bensonhurst in Brooklyn,
now “looking forward to getting back in the ring and growing with the
Salita (30-1-1), the top-ranked contender when he fought Khan,
will move up to the 147-pound limit for the September 1 fight after
previously at 140 pounds.
“I know that I have to make a statement; I
understand that I need to look impressive and show that I’m back,”
“My inspiration is back more than ever.”
The card, titled “Redemption,”
also will feature four-time New York Golden Gloves champion Will
is 12-0 as a pro.