Dmitriy Salita told me a few weeks before his welterweight clash with Gabriel Bracero that this was a put-up or shut-up fight for him.
If he didn't win, if he couldn't beat a Bracero-level fighter, then he'd have to seriously consider hanging up the gloves, Salita said.
So, after Salita got dropped by Bracero, and ate a load of left hooks, and dropped a unanimous decision in a Battle of Brooklyn tussle at the Aviator Complex in Marine Park on Saturday night, I reached out to the 31-year-old Ukrainian-born hitter, who lives in Flatbush. I wondered what he thought about the fight, the decision, and his future, or lack thereof, in the sweet science.
"I am grateful to my team and the fans that came out to show their support for boxing in Brooklyn and to Lou DiBella for putting the fight together," Salita told me.
"It took me a few rounds to find my rhythm, and as I said before the fight that going in my disadvantage was inactivity." Salita had lost gloved up for real on Oct. 20, 2012.
"I feel that Gabriel fought his fight, it was physical," continued the 35-2-1 boxer, who also promotes cards at the gym he owns in Gravesend. "I got two cuts, on the top and back of my head, from elbows. I have to watch the fight on tape to evaluate it. I remember that my knockdown was an off-balance shot and I tried to come back strong in that round to show that." Salita hit the deck off a left hook in round eight.
"I also thought I knocked Tito down but it was ruled a slip. I am going to look at the fight, take some time off to be with friends and family, and see where we go from here."