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Salita Amped For Saturday “Detroit Brawl”



The Motor City can boast the rich and rare legacy of being home to the Kronk kingdom, and there is a band of plucky persons working to bring a measure of that glory back to the region.

On Saturday, Dmitriy Salita unfurls his fourth “Detroit Brawl,” another evening of professional prize fighting, at the Masonic Temple in downtown. The promoter has lived and trained in that area, and is a true believer that a grass roots buildup can restore to a degree of prominence pro pugilism. I asked the young gun dealmaker to tell me about the two matches on the card which most float his boat.


“James Gordon Smith will be taking a step up, fighting Olim Nazarov, who is 14-2 and from Uzbekiston,” Salita said.

The hometown guy, age 26, is a 10-0 bantamweight.

“Nazarov is an experienced pro and a very accomplished amateur so this will be a real test for James and promises to be a very exciting fight.”

And what else?

“I am also excited about Jarico O’Quinn, a very talented prospect, a multi time national champion from Detroit. I am excited about his potential.” He holds a 3-0 record, after debuting as a pro in April 2015.

Tickets for “Detroit Brawl” will be priced at VIP $123, Box Seats $100, Ringside $93, $63, $38, and $28 and available at all Ticketmaster outlets and

On fight night, doors open at 5:00 pm and the fights begin at 6:00 pm.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.