Former world title challenger and crowd favorite Dmitry “Star of David” Salita brutalized game veteran James Wayka en route to a third round stoppage Thursday evening before a packed house at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY.
Led into the ring by reggae sensation Matisyahu‘s hit single “King Without A Crown”, Salita overcame a minor cut above his left eye to score two knockdowns in the second round following vicious body shots. The Brooklyn, NY based Ukrainian sliced open Wayka’s eye moments into round three before finishing him off.
Shortly thereafter, Salita scored a third knockdown with a hulatious left hook to his counterpart’s body. Wayka, who came all the way from Shawano, WI on short notice, made it back to his feet before hitting the canvas for a fourth time, forcing Referee David Fields to halt the contest at 1:53.
Salita, 32-1-1 (17 KO’s), claimed the New York State Welterweight crown, making him a king with a crown for what it’s worth. Wayka, who has fought excellent opposition and defeated former champion Frank Toledo, falls to 16-10-1 with 8 wins by kayo.
After the fight Matisyahu performed ‘One Day’ as the victory song.
Photos by Alex Gorokhov – Glatt Photography