(SEPT 30) The female
fighting stable of promoter Dmitriy Salita has grown again, as
Salita proudly announces the signing of Russian featherweight
Elena Gradinar to a co-promotional contract (along with
Russian-based Alexander Nevskiy Promotion Group).
The undefeated 27-year-old Gradinar (6-0, 1 KO) as a
professional boxer, went 73-8 as an amateur, winning numerous
national and international amateur tournaments.
A resident of Saint Petersburg, Russia, Gradinar has attained
the designation of Sport Master of Russia. As an amateur, she
notched victories over current World Amateur Bantamweight
Champion Dina Zheloman of Kazakhstan, current European and
Russian Amateur Super Lightweight Champion Alexandra Ordina,
current Russian Featherweight Champion and Bronze medalist of
Europe, Natalia Samokhina, as well as two victories over former
Russian Featherweight Champion Ekaterina Sycheva.
Trained and managed by well-known Russian boxing figure Igor
Shafer, Gradinar says she hopes the co-promotional deal with
Salita will improve her visibility in North America, leading to
"I am very proud to sign with a Russian/American promoter,
Dmitriy Salita, who is doing great work with Claressa Shields
and becoming one of the main North American promoters of female
boxers," said Gradinar. "I look forward to fighting in the
United States against the best they have to offer and becoming a
"Elena is a talented boxer that will add international flavor to
the outstanding female bantamweight division which includes
outstanding boxers like Heather Hardy, Cindy Serrano, Jelena
Mrdjenovich and others," said Dmitriy Salita. "Russia has many
male world champions and Elena will follow in their footsteps."\
Elena Gradinar will fight for the first time under her new
co-promotional banner in a 10-rounder against Maria Jose Nunez
in Narva, Estonia, on October 21.