Boxing: Rich Komissar

Bracero and Salita both want to fight

November, 25, 2012
Dmitriy Salita floated a plan which would have him glove up against Gabriel Bracero, beat Bracero to prove his current worth, and then challenge WBA welterweight champion Paul Malignaggi at the Barclays Center in April. Basically, he is portraying Bracero, the Sunset Park kid who went from street tough to role model after a stint in lockup, as a steppingstone.

Rich Kommissar, a promoter and advisor to Bracero, weighed in on the the plan to

"Steppingstone? Haha. Gabe will beat his ass! I love both these kids, and I believe it will sell nicely," Komissar said. "I think both kids can make a nice little paycheck. Nothing big. We are realistic. Even Dmitriy is being realistic as to the purse. Here is the entire update from my end. ... I mentioned Gabe versus Dmitriy to Dima as far back as last Thanksgiving. I have been trying to make the fight. I offered it to (Bracero's promoter Lou) DiBella as far back as last June. After saying no twice we convinced him to offer it to Golden Boy (Salita's promoter) for their next show in Brooklyn."

There are varying stories as to why, with one theory in play that Golden Boy didn't want to pay what DiBella floated for Bracero's purse. Komissar said that the snub surprised him, since he believes his plan, which guaranteed ticket sales from both boxers, who have fan bases, would have been financially sound for all parties. The Klitschkos have an MSG date on January 19, and outreach was done to them to see if they'd put on a Bracero-Salita fight. So far, nothing has come of it. So, Komissar said, Bracero will fight in December, on a DiBella card, and stay busy, and stay hoping, same as Salita, that bigger puzzle pieces eventually drop into place.

Salita-Bracero match is discussed

November, 1, 2012
Here's a fight that makes sense: Local standouts Dmitriy Salita, who's hoping to make it back onto the big stage after a 2009 title shot didn't go his way, and Gabriel Bracero, the Sunset Park standout who has piled up a 20-1 record and wants to see what the big deal of that big stage is, are ready to get it on.

Salita, who also calls Brooklyn home, talked about an intra-borough shodown with NYFightBlog.

"I want to fight Paulie Malignaggi for his welterweight title but it seems that Paulie is going to fight Ricky Hatton," said the 30-year-old, who scored a UD6 win over Brandon Hoskins on Oct. 20 at Barclays. "I want to stay busy and fight a meaningful fight. A fight with Gabe Bracero has been talked about, his team wants it, I want it as well. I think it would be a great fight and huge attraction in NYC. We both had fights a few days apart. I hope this can happen sometime soon."

The Tommy Gallagher-trained Bracero scored a UD8 over Eric Cruz on Oct. 24 at Roseland Ballroom, and he is keen on the tussle. Rich Komissar, a promoter and friend of Team Bracero, chatted about the proposed match. "We will fight him if the money is right," he said.

Bracero is promoted by Lou DiBella, who promoted Salita from 2005-2007, after the Orthodox Jewish hitter had a stint with Bob Arum. Salita (35-1-1) is now with Golden Boy, and DiBella fighter Randall Bailey fought Golden Boy's Devon Alexander at Barclays, so those two entities can and have worked together.

Salita had a crack at a title on Dec. 5, 2009, when he met Amir Khan in England. He was knocked down three times and the junior welterwight fight was stopped in the first round. He has to beat a decent name or two before getting a shot at Malignaggi, quite likely, and Bracero, a busy hitter, fits the bill. The Salita name would jump out on Bracero's resume, so the fight makes sense from his standpoint as well. Weight issues would have to be hashed out; Bracero is pretty locked in at 140, while Salita has been a welter since after the Khan loss, and was 150 versus Hoskins.

Pagliara's popularity growing

August, 2, 2012
More and more in this economy, with ad money scarce and promotional budgets thin, promoters are looking for fighters who put butts in seats.

Floriano Pagliara is growing as an attraction for Lou DiBella, who runs a card tonight at Roseland headlined by super middleweight contender Thomas Oosthuizen.

Pagliara, a Cecine, Italy native, sports a 13-4 record with 7 KOs is promoted by Rich Kommissar of RKO Boxing International. Kommissar, who has been placing Pagliara on DiBella cards lately, said, on Tuesday, he expects about 150 Floriano fans, from all five boroughs, to cheer on their guy at Roseland tonight. (Doors open at 6:30, first bout is slated for 7 p.m. on FIGHT NOW TV, which is available on Cablevision, will air three fights, starting at 10 p.m. ET in America. They will also stream the three bouts on their Ustream powered broadband player for $4.95.)

“Floriano has such a great personality that people of this community have grown to love him," Komissar told NYFightBlog. The fighter, who lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is trained by Don Saxby at Gleasons, and is aiming to head back to Italy after this scrap against New Mexico's Willie Villanueva (10-4) for a fight versus a junior welterweight champ of that nation.

How far he'll go, of course, remains to be seen. At 33, he wisely has started to think about vocational Plan B. Komissar's son Dan is in the restaurant business in New Jersey, and recently learned that Floriano is a trained chef, who worked on the Tuscan coast. Dan and Floriano might open a restaurant in the near future, Komissar said.

I saw the interaction between the boxer and Komissar at the Tuesday press conference at Jack Demsey's in midtown, and frankly, you will not often see a level of fondness like this between a promoter and a boxer. Old timers would say this is a recipe for future heartbreak, that you should never fall in love with a fighter, so to speak. Komissar can't help himself.

"Floriano is a true sportsman and gentleman," he said. "I’ve been around boxing and fighters all of my life. I can honestly say I’ve never met any fighter with such a true heart. He is truly intoxicating to be around."