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Former WBF World Champion Becomes Champion Promoter
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FEATURE   Photo: Former World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Light Welterweight Champion Dmitry Salita with his former promoter Bob Arum.

Dmitry Salita born 4 April 1982 Dmitriy Aleksandrovich Lektman, was always destined for great things. Born in the Ukraine, he arrived in NY at the age of 9 and made America his home.

At the age of 13 Salita had his first taste of boxing when he walked into the Starret City Boxing Club in NY where the bug first bit. Unlike the antisemitism he had encountered as a young boy in the Ukraine, this was completely different and put Salita to great ease.

Salita embraced the camaraderie and ethnic diversity, as well as the respect each and every person in the gym had for one another irrespective of race, religion and gender.

It was at this gym where Dmitry met his mentor, the legendary Jimmy O’Pharrow who took him under his wing.

Having shown great potential, at the age of 19 after winning the US Nationals , NYC Golden Gloves, and the prestigious Sugar Ray Robinson award given to to the Outstanding Boxer of the Tournament, Salita turned professional.

Signing his first contract with Bob Arum’s Top Rank It certainly was not the easiest of decisions, especially as an orthodox Jew, but it was a decision that would take him to the highest levels of the boxing world.

Salita’s span as a professional boxer lasted 12 years in which he built up one of the most impressive records around. 35 wins, two losses and one draw.

But as a champion human being, Salita also became a champion boxer. In 2008 at Madison Square Garden, NY, Salita became a world champion when we won the World Boxing Federation’s world Light Welterweight title against Derrick Campos.

After his fight with Amir Khan Salita started promoting his own fights in 2010. He quickly noticed a lot of talented fighters were left in the gym training without any fights scheduled.

As is the case with everything Salita had done previously in his life, he proved to as successful as a promoter as he had been as a fighter.

Today Salita promotes and manages the top woman fighter in the world Clarerssa Shields, as well as top heavyweights Jarrel Miller and Otto Wallin to mention just a few.

But more importantly, Salita is a champion human being. He is a determined, respectful, considerate and down to earth young man who has become one of the top promoters in the world.

World Boxing Federation (WBF) President Howard Goldberg added:

Dmitry is an exceptional young man. He is true to his word, hard working, and we are extremely proud to have had him as our world champion in the past’.

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