Dmitriy Salita 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Former world title challenger Dmitriy Salita (31-1-1, 16 KOs) made a triumphant
return to the ring on Wednesday night, pounding out an eight-round unanimous
decision over Dominican Franklin Gonzalez (13-6, 9 KOs) at the Oceana Hall in
Brooklyn, New York.
It was the Orthodox Jewish pugilist’s first
appearance since being stopped in the first round by Amir Khan last December in
“It felt great to be back in my domain, especially with the
support of my hometown crowd,” Salita told The Jerusalem Post
the morning after
“It was many months since my loss to Amir and, while I knew I
still had it in me, it was nice to be able to give the fans a
“With Rosh Hashana approaching next week, I am glad that I got
this comeback fight behind me and my career back on track.”
in a “Redemption” event that he himself promoted in the venue where he
began his boxing career, Salita showed no effects from his blowout loss –
first as professional – and took control of the bout after a slow
The judges’ final scores all had Salita capturing a commanding
The “Star of David” has dropped from the top 15 completely
since losing to Khan and needs to work hard and build back up if he
wants to get
back in contention for a fight against another big name.
While it may
take much more than a victory against a relative unknown for that to
Salita maintains that he take a patient approach and build himself back
“This was not a championship fight by any means,” the 28-year-old
Ukrainian-born New Yorker admitted.
“Still it is a step in the right
direction and a big monkey off my back, so to speak. Believe me, the
Salita story has a lot more pages to be written.”