Born in Odessa, at birth he was named Dmitry Aleksandrovich Lekhtman (Salita is the mother’s surname). He moved to the United States with his family in 1991. He began his boxing career at the age of 13
After moving to Brooklyn, Salita became familiar with Orthodox Judaism and became a commandment-keeping Jew. He strictly follows Jewish law – if he has a fight scheduled for Saturday, it must start after sunset, the end of the Sabbath. He says, “Anyone who wants a good whuppin ‘from me is just going to have to wait until sundown.” He does not fight on holy days for Judaism (70 a year) and eats kosher food. He trains within walking distance of the synagogue for Friday and Saturday services and does not drive on Shabbat.
When Dmitry Salita just started boxing professionally, his religious beliefs almost interrupted his sports career. At the age of 17, he had a good chance of winning the Golden Gloves, a prize awarded annually by US amateur boxers, but was unable to participate in the fight scheduled for Shabbat.
In 2001, at the age of 19, Dmitry Salita won the Golden Gloves competition and was named the best boxer of the competition.
Dmitry’s brother is Mikhail Salita, a famous American writer, author of works in Russian and English. One of his books, “Golden Gloves”, written jointly with the Russian writer Gleb Petrov, which was published by the Liberty Publishing House in New York in 2013, is entirely devoted to Dmitry.
In 2014 Dmitry, together with Mikhail Salita and Bill Kaplan, an inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF), wrote the book “The ABC of Boxing” – “B Is for Boxing”, which was published by Best Seller Publishing House in New York in 2015.
Since April 2011, Dmitry Salita has become a boxing promoter, and is the president of Salita Promotions based in Brooklyn, New York.