Salita vs. Camacho Jr: Dmitriy with tough test on February 9th in Brooklyn
Every time a prizefighter competes in the ring, he embraces the opportunity to redefine his career and change how he is perceived by the entire boxing community.
On February 9th, in his adopted hometown of Brooklyn, New York, crafty fight veteran Dmitriy Salita (35-1-1, 18 KOs) will take his first step towards a much larger goal when he battles experienced boxer Hector Camacho Jr. at the Barclays Center as part of a special Showtime televised event.
While most fight critics and boxing scribes are dubbing this singular event as a “crossroads” match for the underrated technician, the Ukrainian born pugilist views this opening as the dawning of a new era in his fight career.
“Every fight that isn’t a championship opportunity is a crossroads match,” explains the 30 year old pugilist. “With every victory, a fighter moves one step closer to the ultimate goal of winning a world title. With every loss, a boxer slips further away from realizing his dream of becoming a champion.”
“I’m viewing my upcoming bout on February 9th as the most important of my fight career and a touchstone which will measure my status as a contender in the very talented Welterweight and Junior Middleweight divisions.”
“Although I’ve been a professional for several years, I’m realistically considering this contest as a new beginning to my fight career. I’m very excited and thankful for this opportunity.”
One of the many reasons for his abundant sense of optimism has been his training regimen at the world renowned Kronk Gym of Detroit, Michigan.
“From the first day of sparring at the Kronk Gym, I noticed that the style and spirit of the facility and its fighters were very special and unique. It’s very much like being in a real fight. The pride and intensity level there has taken my abilities to much greater heights. It has really made me view the sport in a much different way.”
“When you train at such a high level of intensity and you’re able to control those sessions in the gym, it really increases your confidence and makes you a much better fighter. It’s been a real honor to train with the great fighters at the Kronk Gym.”
Dmitriy will be heading into his February 9th contest under the tutelage and mentoring of one of the more underrated trainers in boxing, Javan “Sugar” Hill. The 30 year old fight veteran insists the astute nephew of legendary boxing icon Emanuel Steward is one of the best kept secrets of the sport.
“Most boxing insiders are aware of this, but many casual fight fans don’t realize how truly talented ‘Sugar’ Hill is as a trainer. He learned everything from the great Emanuel Steward and has embodied the heart and soul of the Kronk Gym.”
“I’ve been in boxing for a very long time and have had the privilege of working with a lot of great trainers, and to me, Sugar Hill is the best trainer in boxing. Within the next few years, Sugar will be recognized as one of the top trainers of the sport.”
With a renewed sense of vigor for the sweet science, Dmitriy Salita truly believes he is now entering the “prime” of his professional boxing career. The Ukrainian born pugilist intends to put forth his finest effort to date when he faces Hector Camacho Jr. in front of a few thousand of his closest friends at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“My fight with Camacho is going to be a very special event,” explains the talented boxer/puncher. “This is going to be the first ‘NYC battle of the boroughs’ at the Barclays Center. Camacho is going to have all of his supporters from the Bronx attending the fight, and I am truly blessed with the amount of encouragement that I receive from my friends in Brooklyn.”
“My opponent has been through a lot recently and my heart really goes out to him and his family for their recent loss. But this is the fight game and there has to be a victor on February 9th. Even though I have been a prizefighter for a very long time, I haven’t been a part of many big events like this. I have waited a long time for this opportunity and I fully intend to make the most of it.”
“On Saturday, February 9th, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, I will take the next big step towards winning a world championship.”
The Dmitriy Salita vs. Hector Camacho Jr., “Battle of the Boroughs” special attraction, will be one of eight incredible fights on the February 9th bout sheet at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The talent enriched fight card will be headlined by “Danny Garcia vs. Zab Judah”, a 12-round title bout for Garcia’s Unified Junior Welterweight World Championship, and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME®.
Tickets, priced at $206, $106, and $56, are on sale now and are available for purchase at WWW.DSALITA.COM , or by calling 646-481-5558.
20% Group Discount is available for 10 tickets or more.
Professional Boxer and Cancer Survivor Daniel Jacobs Launches The Get in the Ring Foundation to Battle Cancer, Obesity and Bullying
(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) – 2012 Comeback Fighter of the Year Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (Brooklyn, N.Y.) has inspired people across the country with his amazing recovery from cancer and return to the boxing ring. He now hopes to help others through the creation of his philanthropic foundation, Get in the Ring.
“I started the Get in the Ring foundation because I personally saw the hardships people go through when I was first diagnosed with cancer.” Jacobs said. “I didn’t have health insurance and it was very difficult financially. I decided then that if I ever made it, I would help people who are less fortunate, especially kids. Now that I’m in a position where I can help, I feel that it’s my duty.”
The foundation’s mission will be threefold, focusing on: cancer support, obesity and bullying. The three causes are close to Jacobs’ heart, and the boxer plans to raise funds and awareness for each of them as well as using his own life experiences to connect with and uplift others.
“It feels good to give back, especially to people who are going through the same things that I went through.” Jacobs said. “Cancer is hard on everyone, the whole family, and if I can help, I would love to do it.”
Growing up in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, Jacobs saw the impact that poor dietary habits can have on a community, and the difficulties low-income families face to put healthy food on the table. “I want to focus on obesity because it’s a huge issue in my neighborhood. People are poor; people are on welfare, and the food that they can afford is fattening,” he said. “You need money to buy nutritious food, but being that I’m from a poor area, people buy food that they can make last longer. In my area, people have diabetes; they are obese and their health and nutrition isn’t up to par. If I can help fix these problems and change the cycle, I would love to be a part of it.”
After having a run-in with a bully as a child, Jacobs found the sport of boxing, and he wants to help give young people the skills and confidence that he found in the sweet science in their own lives. ” I got in to boxing because I was on the verge of being bullied, but I stood up for myself,” Jacobs said. “Bullying is a major issue for our youth today. It’s making kids feel like they aren’t important. I have a four-year-old child of my own so if I can be a part of helping kids build self esteem and not be as affected by negative things people say to them, then I have done my part as a parent.”
A promising professional boxer, Jacobs won the fight of his life outside of the boxing ring last year. After being diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, Jacobs survived a nine-hour surgery to remove the tumor wrapped around his spine, chemotherapy and painful physical therapy. He defied doctors’ predictions that he would never be able to box again, and is 2-0 since returning to the ring. He will take the ring again on February 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on the undercard of Danny Garcia and Zab Judah.
For more information on the Get in the Ring foundation and to donate online, go to www.getinthering.net. The Get in the Ring Foundation is a non-profit organization, registered in the state of New York and all donations are tax-deductible.