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Salita Helping Flint

Michael Woods



By Michael Woods

Dmitriy Salita is a world class boxer, a rising promotional force, and a friend.

I will work the blow by blow chair for his Saturday night card, and straight up, I’m pumped.

The Ukraine-born resident, living in Brooklyn, is working to re-invigorate the pro boxing scene in Detroit, which has a rich boxing history, but one whose memories are getting dusty.

I applaud his choice of geography; Detroit needs infusions of belief in that region and I do hope the citizens come out and support the cause. The hard working pugilists on the card deserve it! Add to that, Salita has a heart. He usually finds a charitable angle for his cards, which have mostly run in Brooklyn for the last two years.

Check out this release which explains…

Detroit Brawl Joins the Flint Water Fight by Donating 7,200 Bottles of Water for Residents of Flint, Michigan

Detroit, MI – As the Flint water crisis continues, the promoter and boxers of the upcoming professional boxing series “Detroit Brawl” have joined the fight by donating 7,200 bottles of water to be handed out at Art Van Furniture today at 2 pm (Tuesday, February 2, 2016).

“Many boxers come from humbled beginnings and understand the struggle. As the Detroit Brawl gains attention, it is very important to use this platform to show how important it is to give back,” says event promoter Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions.

Taking a break from their intensive training for Saturday’s matches and recognizing the daily need for bottled water in homes, neighborhoods, warming centers and soup kitchens throughout the city of Flint, Michigan-based boxers Ed Williams (10-1-1, 4 KOs), James Gordon Smith (8-0, 5 KOs), and James Ballard (5-0, 2 KOs), as well as trainers Javan “Sugar” Hill (Kronk Gym) and Theotrice Chambers will be distributing 300 cases of water.

Art Van Furniture is located at 4095 E. Court Street in Burton.
Tickets for “Detroit Brawl” are priced at $28, $38, $48, $63, $93, and $123 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets,, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office. Please Note: Tickets purchased at the $123.00 price level include three free-drink tickets for patrons 21 years of age and older. For event information visit and On fight night, doors open at 6:30.

For more information on the “Detroit Brawl” or Salita Promotions, visit The Greektown Casino Hotel is located at 555 E Lafayette Street in Detroit. For more information, visit them online at Twitter: @GreektownCasino.

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.