Jerry Glick reporting: Sometimes it’s not the promoter who makes the fight, sometimes it’s the fighters. Why not in the case of Dmitriy, “Star of David” Salita and Gabriel “Tito” Bracero? They’re close friends who trained at the same gym and virtually came up the ranks shoulder to shoulder.
On November 9th they will put all that aside and trade punches on a DiBella Entertainment show at Brooklyn’s Aviator.
At a recent press conference I put these two together to find out what made the fight happen and what they thought about facing each other in the ring. “We will be fighting at welterweight,” said Salita who started his career at junior-welterweight but moved up a few years ago. More recently Bracero, who also began at 140 pounds has been fighting at 147 as well. “I was 145 for my last fight,” explained Tito. “Then I will go back down to 140. This fight was an opportunity. I’m ranked 14 in the WBC at Junior-welterweight.” Bracero said that a win means the same for both, “ We are both trying to excel in our careers. To get to the next level,” he said.
“This is a step up fight for both of us, a win here could lead to a title opportunity,” said Dmitriy. “Truly this is a very big fight that belongs on HBO or Showtime. I take it very seriously as a world title fight.”
Salita, 35-1-1(18 KOs), has not fought in a year. Will that effect his performance? “Well I was supposed to fight Camacho in February, and I wasn’t interested in a tuneup fight. I wanted a significant fight and when this fight came around I jumped at it.”
“Me and Dmitriy put this fight together,” said Bracero, 22-1 (4 KOs). “Once we saw each other we made the agreement. Then I talked to Tommy (Gallagher) my manager. We put the fight together and it should be at the Barclays.”
They may have a point; this is an all Brooklyn fight in the same spirit of competition and camaraderie that once dominated local boxing in the first half of the last century so it deserves all the attention and importance that fight like these garnered years ago.
Both are hard trainers, and Salita explained that he is currently sparring with a protege’; the young, unbeaten Dimash Niyazov who is a rising star with a sparkling 4-0 record.