Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita, the Ukrainian-born boxer who is also studying to be an Orthodox rabbi, announced yesterday that on September 1 he will return to the ring for the first time since getting walloped by Amir Khan in a junior welterweight title bout in England last December.
And it’s going down in Brooklyn, baby: At the Oceana Hall in Brighton Beach (so expect Salita not to be the only Soviet-born Jew in attendance).
Salita, who is also promoting the four-bout card (called “Redemption”), has not announced his opponent yet, but he has disclosed that he will be moving up to the welterweight class (147 pounds) and that other local boxers, including Will Rozinskiy, a light heavyweight, will participate. The fights will be broadcast exclusively on, yes, The Jewish Channel.
Last winter, I saw Salita, and, calling out Khan, he suggested that the biased English crowd made him legitimately fearful and put him at a disadvantage in their December bout. In response, I suggested that the rematch take place in Brooklyn. Looks like we’re on our way there.
Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.