Dmitriy Salita returns to ring

Salita, who has been shaky his last two times out, will be stepping up from light welterweight to welterweight.

salita 298.88 (photo credit: AP)
salita 298.88
(photo credit: AP)
Dmitriy "Star of David" Salita returns to the ring for the first time in four months Thursday when he takes on James Wayka at the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom in New York. Salita (24-0-1, 14 KOs), who has been shaky his last two times out, will be stepping up in weight class from light welterweight to welterweight for the fight, as he looks to solidify his reputation as one of the top young fighters in New York. In March, Salita went down twice before regrouping to earn a draw against Ramon Montano. He was also knocked down in his previous bout against Robert Frankel in December, though he would go on to win by unanimous decision. The Ukrainian-born, Brooklyn-raised 24-year-old has made some changes since those fights, the biggest of which is training with Harry Keitt, best known for his work with middleweight contender John Duddy. Wayka (14-4, 8 KOs), a light middleweight by trade, is making his first appearance since November and his first ever in New York. Though the clear underdog, Wayka will have an advantage in size. The fight is the main event on a six-bout card, which also features undefeated light heavyweight prospect Curtis Stevens, New York State heavyweight champ Derrick Rossy and female fighter Maureen Shea.