Dmitriy Salita (32-1, 17 KO’s) returns to the ring tonight wearing two hats -- fighter and promoter. He is scheduled to meet Ronnie Warrior, Jr. (13-4-1, 4 KO’s) at the Oceana in Brooklyn.
Salita believes that all the years he's fought -- building relationships with fighters and managers -- will help make the transition from fighter to promoter an easy one. Salita, who is promoting the card, has dedicated it to the memory of his long-time trainer, Jimmy O'Pharrow. For the bout, Salita has trained at Universal Boxing in Queens, in Miguel Cotto's camp in Florida, at the Kronk Gym in Detroit and back at Universal.
Salita believes that all the years he's fought -- building relationships with fighters and managers -- will help make the transition from fighter to promoter an easy one.
Also on the card are former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo and former Golden Gloves champion Rafael Vasquez.
On HBO this weekend, Andre Berto (27-0) defends his WBC welterweight title against Victor Ortiz (28-2-2) at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Some quotes from training camp:
Berto: "This training camp has to be one of my best thus far, simply because I have been staying in shape during my off time with my strength-and-conditioning coach, Cleveland Berto. So, when training camp came around, I got in rhythm within the second week. As the weeks go on, I’m feeling stronger, faster and more conditioned. I am ready to get in the ring.”
He also incorporates swimming into his training regimen: “I work harder and harder as fight night gets closer," he said. "We do two-a-days, swim three times a week, run and go to the boxing gym every day.”
And from Victor Ortiz: “I will go to the end of hell and back to get my belt.”
Zach Watkins, former nationally ranked amateur bantamweight, has relocated to Florida to train under the tutelage of transplanted Long Islander Jamie Drubin. Watkins, 1-0 as a pro thus far, is training at Bombers Boxing Gym in West Palm Beach. He fights on April 23 at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo.
"I'm excited and I'm ready, mentally and physically," said Watkins, who is from Altanta. "Working with Jamie and my whole team, if I can get fights every month, I think I can contend for a title within two years."
Watkins, 28, stands 5-10 but has no problem making the 118-pound weight limit. "I walk around roughly at 123 or 124 pounds," he said. "It's easy to make 118."
As an amateur, Watkins won a National PAL title and represented the United States in international bouts against Mexico and Canada.