It isn’t often when a new genre is brought to the public’s attention, especially one that is created through a melding of two traditional art forms. In this case, the written word is combined with a popular form of music to delight a part of the human psyche that has not been explored. To that end the leading Russian-American publishing house in the United States, "Liberty," has just
eased one of its most unusual hop narrative titled “Golden Gloves.” This is a unique Russian-American collaboration between an American, Michael Salita, and a Russian poet Gleb Petrov. The main character of the book is a contemporary Russian-born Jewish-American boxer Dmitriy Salita, who’s story has been the subject of many articles in major show business, sports, and other publications.
This will not be the first time that this former world title challenger with a sparkling boxing record consisting of 35 wins, only one defeat, and a draw will be featured in literary form. Dmitriy has knocked out eighteen of his opponents. Back in 2007 award winning documentary film maker Jason Hutt, with the
assistance of the BBC, produced a documentary entitled “Orthodox
Stance” that won the best documentary award at the London Jewish Film
Festival. Trials and tribulations of the Jewish-American athlete’s
fate also caught the attention of Hollywood, and Disney is determined
to make a feature film about the hero tentatively titled "Knockout."
A written documentary that grabs the reader’s attention on every page, the book “Golden Gloves” describes the real events and characters, highlighting the history of American
amateur boxing and the fate of emigrants from the former USSR.
The reader is taken on a journey that follows its own path describing a human adventure so gripping that the reader will find it is hard to put the book down. “Golden Gloves” uniquely written, from beginning to end, in the "hip-hop" lyrical style maintaining rap syntax and multisyllabic rhymes. Such a choice is not accidental; Rap has been a part of Dmitriy’s life for many years, from his first workout in Brooklyn’s Starrett City Boxing Club, to his current years as a ranking welterweight contender, and budding promoter.
No wonder the star trainer John Scully gave Dmitriy the nickname "Russian Rapper" when they first met in 1996 at the regional Silver Gloves in Saratoga, New York. The book, "Golden Gloves", is not just an interesting story; it is a breakthrough into that new genre. For the first
time in history rap is transformed from an oral musical entity to a format not seen before. "There are very few firsts in life and it’s meaningful to be featured in a new art form," explained Salita.