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Two Days Til “Detroit Brawl”

Michael Woods



By Michael Woods

We are two days away, and the scene surrounding the first of many in the “Detroit Brawl” series is typical for a pro fight card.

Juggling fighters, and medicals, and travel arrangements, and TV, and the commission, etc, etc. There are a ton of etcs, but you get the point.

The promoter, young gun Dmitriy Salita, is ascending the rungs of this universe, learning those lessons that can only come from doing, from being in the fight, not watching from the periphery. He keeps it up and in a certain span he gets to that place where he is no longer a young gun, but he’s an established presence, a player of note. He’s already made headway; his Jarrell Miller and Bahktar Eyubov impressed mightily on the last ShoBox.

Saturday, he stages a show in Detroit. Brooklyn meets the Motor City. Junior Wright tops the card and I asked Salita what a patron should expect at the Masonic Temple, which I hear is a stellar venue, hugely conducive to fight watching.

He fights 9-3 Chris Stallworth, from PA.

“Junior beat several undefeated fighters early in his career and has shown top level will and skill,” Salita told me. “He is arguably the best US cruiserweight in the world. His experience of fighting for a world title and now coming into his second fight after that shows his perseverance and determination to get back on top. The WBA recognizes his talent, he is ranked No. 14 by the WBA.”

And what other fights on the card, kicking off at 7:30 pm ET, is Salita extra pumped for?

“There are several really good fights and fighters on the show, like undefeated lightweight prospect 20-0 Eudy Bernardo, from the Dominican Republic. He is fighting Benjamin Odamattey from Ghana. Also, keep your eyes on a fight between Dimash Niyazov and Detroit’s James Lester, who has been training really, really hard for this fight and from what I hear is in his best condition in years!

“All in all, Salita Promotions is so enthusiastic about this show! The people in the area are excited,” Salita said, “and we are going to have a great crowd and a great show!”

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.

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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.