First Jewish Boxing Champ since ’78
Dmitriy Salita is the NABA junior welterweight champ after knocking out Shawn Gallegos in the ninth round of a scheduled 10-round fight at the Hammerstein Ballroomin New York last Thursday. The Jerusalem Post reports that Salita is the first Jewish champion since Mike Rossman took the light heavyweight crown in 1978.
In a ringside interview after the fight Salita stated:
I am feeling good now, it’s very good when hard work pays off. I really had a hard training camp and feel that this closes a certain chapter in my life. Now I will take a little time off, enjoy the summer and get the energy to start working hard again.
Salita, who is also a practicing Orthodox Jew, was accompanied on stage by proud new father Matisyahu, the Hasidic Reggae Sensation. Mazal Tov to everybody!