‘Franklin can go all the way,’ in­sists Salita

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY MIKE SIN­CLAIR

BOX­ING DMITRIY Salita, whose own world ti­tle dream ended in a 76-sec­ond de­feat by Amir Khan in New­cas­tle in 2009, has his sights set on box­ing’s heavy­weight crown with his lat­est sign­ing Jer­maine Franklin.

Now 36 and on the safe side of the ropes, the Ukrainian-born Jewish for­mer fighter, who chal­lenged Khan for the WBA light-wel­ter­weight ti­tle, has moved from New York to Detroit where he is op­er­at­ing out of the Kronk gym which trained greats in­clud­ing Thomas Hearns.

Salita is al­ready guid­ing one world cham­pion - dou­ble women’s Olympic win­ner Cla­ressa Shields — from the new premises of the gym made fa­mous by his for­mer trainer Emanuel Stew­ard. Now he be­lieves un­beaten Franklin can take the heavy­weight di­vi­sion by storm.

With 17 wins - 13 by knock­out - 25-yearold Franklin has turned to Salita Pro­mo­tions to guide him on the rest of a jour­ney which he be­lieves will see him as a se­ri­ous con­tender to ri­val world cham­pi­ons An­thony Joshua and Deon­tay Wilder.

“I have watched Jer­maine for the last two years and I’ve seen his de­sire, ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to the sport,” said Salita. “His box­ing record speaks for it­self and it’s an hon­our to add him to my pro­mo­tional sta­ble.

“Jer­maine is the best Amer­i­can heavy­weight Dmitriy Salita prospect in box­ing and he’s just a few fights away from be­ing a fa­mil­iar name for fans. He has the pedi­gree to be the next great heavy­weight fighter.”

Salita, who moved from New York to Michi­gan in 2015 when his wife, Alona, was ac­cepted to the State’s Col­lege of Os­teo­pathic Medicine, is con­fi­dent he can take Franklin all the way. “There are some great heavy­weights like Deon­tay Wilder and An­thony Joshua putting the di­vi­sion back on top. I want to be right there with them,” he said.

Franklin passed up the op­por­tu­nity to chase a place on the 2016 USA Olympic team to turn pro­fes­sional and he says: “I want to raise the com­pe­ti­tion in the heavy­weight di­vi­sion.”

British boxer Tony Milch is sched­uled to re­turn to the ring for the first time since Fe­bru­ary in a bout at Lee Val­ley Sports Cen­tre next week­end.

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