The Orthodox Jewish boxer from Odessa Dimitry Salita has signed on Olympian and Pan American gold medalist, Ytaleo Perea from Ecuador to his Star of David Promotions team, as reported by World Boxing News. The Star of David Show will take place on Jan 22 at Webster Hall in NYC.
Salita, who is now a promoter said that Perea has accomplished great things in the boxing world at such a young age. While he was still under the age of 19, Perea won gold at the Pan American Games, beating a Cuban world champion and gold at America’s Olympic qualifiers. “With the right training and fight schedule, I expect him to excel in the pro ranks. The huge Spanish speaking community in NYC will be very excited to follow this fighter, who could be a future star. We are very excited to add him to our talent roster.”
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Dimitry Salita was five years old when he saw his first boxing match in the Soviet Union. “It was Mike Tyson, and I remember dancing around my room at night, imitating his moves.” The family left the Ukraine because of growing Anti-Semitism and moved to Brooklyn. Salita majored in Jewish studies and business at Touro College.
Salita’s mother at fist objected to his boxing. Salita, however, must have given her nachas for not boxing on Shabbat or Jewish holidays and keeping kosher. He was 16 when he represented New York in the Junior Olympics and won a bronze medal. Salita won the New York Golden Gloves in 2001. As a professional, he won fight after fight in the light welterweight division until he was defeated by Amir Khan in 2009. He made a comeback in 2010.