Bunola-native boxer Salka signs with Golden Boy Promotions
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“Lightning” Rod Salka has a contract with a leading fight promotion.
And he got that contract as quickly as his ring nickname would suggest.
Salka (18-2, 3 KOs), a Bunola native, signed a contract with Golden Boy Promotions earlier this week.
His contract is a five-fight deal that can be extended, and his first match will be the most lucrative of his career.
Salka will fight on the undercard of the Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Rene Maidana title fight show Dec. 14 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. He will face Ricardo Alvarez (22-2-3, 14 KOs) and the fight will be televised live on Showtime Extreme.
“It's a huge fight show with four world championship fights that night,” Salka said.
Salka said he signed with agent Pat Nelson of Ohio, and within a day he had the contract with Golden Boy.
“Things happened real quick once I got the agent,” he said. “I knew I could sign with pretty much any company because I'm ranked 15 in the world by WBA and that makes me marketable. But I like the deal I have and I'm really excited.”
Salka, 30, had been promoting his own fight shows locally, and said he thinks those days are over.
“I'm not sure if maybe I could promote a show and not fight on it, but honestly, I'm much happier now just being a fighter ad worrying about my own career and not the shows,” he said.
Salka still trains out of Buzz Garnic's Round 2 Gym in Coal Center and said he has no plans to leave the facility.
“This is a great place to train and Buzzy is one heck of a guy,” Salka said. “I'm happy here.”
Looking forward to his first fight for Golden Boy, Salka will be taking on the older brother of former WBC Light Middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.
“(Ricardo Alvarez) has a good name, and a good record but he hasn't fought anybody outside of Mexico, so I'm excited to have the chance to be in this fight,” he said. ‘Beating a guy like that could also help me move up to a bigger fight, which is always the goal.”
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or email@example.com.
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