VIDEO: Boxing Promoter Dmitry Salita Talks Shields Vs Hammer

Dmitry Salita is blazing a new path for women’s boxing and beyond from Brooklyn.

Brooklyn is known for its hallowed boxing history. Dmitry Salita has been here to preserve it through athleticism and savvy promoting.

Born Dmitriy Aleksandrovich Lekhtman, in Ukraine, Salita is a professional boxer, world title challenger, and promoter. He grew up in New York City starting at the age of nine and still resides in and fights out of Brooklyn, New York.

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Salita is a practicing Orthodox Jew and doesn’t fight on the Sabbath or Jewish holidays. The only other openly practicing  Jew is Brooklyn’s Zab Judah who is a Black Hebrew Israelite.

Salita Promotions was founded in 2010 after seeing the need for a promotional entity featuring boxing’s best prospects and contenders. With an uncanny ability to play well with all broadcast and streaming services, like Showtime and DAZN, Salita is rare.

Boxing is a platform partisan boxing industry where allegiances with networks or streaming are akin to mafia omerta. Salita makes the best deals for his clients like Claressa Shields with Showtime and Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller with DAZN.

As Shields’ promoter, Salita is directly responsible for her ascension through boxing’s unforgiving women’s ranks. Salita talked to TSL ahead of this weekend’s historic Shields vs. Hammer fight.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.