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.