NEW YORK (July 28, 2005) – DiBella Entertainment will present a New York City boxing extravaganza at the “Broadway Boxing Summer Bash” on Thursday, August 25th, at the Hammerstein Ballroom on 34th Street and Eighth Avenue, featuring undefeated Dmitriy "Star of David" Salita, Sechew "Iron Horse" Powell and Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi, as well as Latino up-and-comer Edgar Santana, all on the same action-packed card, it was announced today at Gallagher's Steak House by DBE president Lou DiBella.
The pugilistic quartet has a combined record of 71 victories, including 37 wins by way of knockout. Two Broadway Boxing television shows will be taped that evening to air on Madison Square Garden Network, Fox Sports Net New England and Comcast SportsNet Chicago, and HDNet at a later date. Salita, Powell, Malignaggi and Santana hope to take the next step toward their professional title aspirations on August 25th when they all compete on the biggest Broadway Boxing card yet.
Salita has enjoyed the home cooking since he began to fight on the New York turf under the DBE flag last summer. "Star of David" has reeled off four straight wins under the Big Apple spotlight to raise his record to 22-0 with 13 KOs. Born in the Ukraine, Salita now fights out of Brooklyn and squares off against Shawn Gallegos (15-1, 5 KOs) of Las Vegas for the NABA title in a junior welterweight ten-rounder.
Brooklyn-born junior middleweight Powell (16-0, 10 KOs) is back in action after his most impressive performance to date, before a national television audience on Showtime. Following a double knockdown almost at the sound of the opening bell, the southpaw "Iron Horse" got to his feet, cleared his head, and walloped Cornelius Bundrage at 0:22 of the opening stanza on May 6 at Foxwoods. It was an awesome performance that has Powell on the threshold of stardom. He will face tough Oklahoman Grady Brewer (18-11, 12 K0s) in a rematch of their hotly-contested affair on ShoBox: The New Generation.
Malignaggi (19-0, 5 KOs) returns to the ring after a long absence following hand surgery last year. The charismatic Bensonhurst dynamo captured the WBC International light welterweight championship over Sandro Casamonica on December 4, 2004 in Little Rock, Arkansas, on a Jermain Taylor undercard. But The Magic Man injured his hand in the process, forcing him to the sidelines for almost nine months. He will finally climb back into the ring against tough Jeremy Yelton (17-1, 9 KOs) in an eight round junior welterweight bout.
Santana (14-2, 9 KOs) has rattled off nine straight wins, including five in a row in the friendly confines of the Manhattan Center, to become a bona fide fan favorite amongst the crowds on 34th and Eighth Avenue. The welterweight was born in Puerto Rico, but now fights out of Spanish Harlem, and has improved with every outing since two early career defeats.
The doors open at 6:00 PM, and the first fight is at 7:00 PM. Tickets for “Broadway Boxing Summer Bash” are priced at $200, $150, $100, $60 and $40, with a limited number of VIP balcony box tickets also available. Call DiBella Entertainment at 212-947-2577 for more information.
Who will win? Wladimir Klitschko or Tyson Fury?