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  Detroit Brawl Series Leading Way
To Motown Boxing Renaissance


As he prepares for his latest Detroit Brawl event this Saturday (March 5, 2022), promoter Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions says he’s honored to be part of the exciting revival of boxing in the historic city.

Salita, who started his mission to help revive the storied fighting history of Detroit just over six years ago, will promote his 17th show in the area this weekend in the Lincoln Ballroom of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Michigan, when Saginaw, Michigan, spoiler Robert Simms (11-3, 3 KOs) will test the mettle of undefeated New Yorker Moses “ThunderHands” Johnson (8-0, 7 KOs) in the night’s 10-round heavyweight main event.

“I’m pleased to be part of bringing boxing back to Motown,” said Dmitriy Salita. “This is the comeback city and that’s what we are seeing. Detroit boxing is back! Just like in the classic days of boxing, this Saturday night in Dearborn, we have a great heavyweight main event, a classic 50/50 crossroads matchup that could truly go either way. A great show for the fans to see the next generation of stars in our area.”

Truly an international event, WBC #10- and IBF #9-ranked super middleweight Vladimir Shishkin (12-0, 7 KOs), will take on Ecuadorian trialhorse Jeyson “Verdugo” Minda (14-6-1, 8 KOs), in a bout scheduled for eight rounds; while in the 10-round super middleweight co-main event will be Detroit’s own Winfred “Hot Boy” Harris Jr. (21-1-1, 10 KOs) taking on another veteran known for pulling off occasional surprises, former NABA-US Super Middleweight Champion Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson of Riverside, California.

Also seeing action will be undefeated middleweight terror Marlon Harrington (6-0, 5 KOs) stepping up in class to face Montevideo, Uruguay’s Andres Viera (11-4, 8 KOs) in a six-round brawl.

Featured in four-round showcase bouts will be popular Grand Rapids, Michigan-based former amateur stars Joseph “Sug” Hicks Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) taking on Justin Baesman (0-2) of Herlong, California; and Joshua Pagan (1-0, 1 KO) facing Iowa’s Hugo Gutierrez (0-3), while undefeated Detroit super welterweight Gordie Russ II (3-0, 3 KOs) takes on Jarrell “Snap” Murray (0-3) of Iowa.

Making their Detroit Brawl debuts against opponents TBA will be Dearborn’s own 19-year-old undefeated southpaw Husam Al Mashhadi (2-0, 2 KOs) in a super welterweight four-rounder; and Detroit’s Vernon Webber will hope to make his heavyweight pro debut a memorable one against Pontiac Michigan’s also debuting Luke Sills.

“It’s a great show we have this Saturday,” continued Salita. “Many of the stars of tomorrow will be there in tough matchups. It’s the kind of old-school show that used to be a regular attraction in this great city. Where you could go watch two tough prospects battle for a chance to move up the ladder and see future big names before they became the next Detroit superstars.”



 

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