Salita presents blue-chipper Khytrov

December, 10, 2013
Dmitriy Salita hasn't closed the door on fighting, not even an inch. But I daresay that could change a bit depending on just how good his fighter Levgen Khytrov looks in his pro debut Wednesday night at Webster Hall in Manhattan on a show Salita is promoting.

The fighter-promoter talked up his prospect, showing his promotional chops as he informed me that the 25-year-old Olympian has fought about 500 times as an amateur and is comparable to Top Rank's much hyped 1-0 whiz kid Vasyl Lomachenko. "He's such a prospect," said Salita, whom I last saw getting the short end of decision against Gabe Bracero on Nov. 2 at the Aviator. "Blue chip."

Khytrov told me he's married, no kids and will relocate to Brooklyn from the Ukraine this month. He expects to weigh in at 163 and will campaign at middleweight. "The U.S. has the best boxers, best training, and I want to prove myself on the world stage."

Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for



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