Boxers To Battle In Barclays Bouts
Brooklyn was the home to world championship boxing more than 80 years ago. Now, the borough is getting ready to usher in a new era in the ring. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
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Boxing in Brooklyn made headlines more than eight decades ago with championship bouts held at venues like the Eastern Parkway arena. Now, the borough is bringing the sport back, attracting top contenders and hosting title fights with the opening of the Barclays Center.
"Brooklyn will get a championship taste of boxing at its highest level," said boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya, who now heads up Golden Boy Promotions.
De la Hoya and his company announced a world championship tripleheader when the sweet science returns to Brooklyn on October 20. The main event features Danny Garcia and Erik Morales fighting for the light welterweight title. In addition, Brooklyn's own welterweight champion, Paulie Malignaggi, will face Pablo Cano.
"I was born at Long Island College Hospital, probably less than five miles from the arena," Malignaggi said. "So for me, it's extra special really to come home and defend a world championship so close to, literally, the place where I'm born."
"New arena," Garcia said. "I'm one of the new faces in boxing. I'm coming off a big win and this is going to be epic."
And it's just the start. The Barclays Center and Golden Boy Promotions will hold at least 12 boxing events a year.
De la Hoya told NY1 he took his first tour of the arena Thursday.
"The equipment that they brought in, the state of the art technology, the seats, it's just incredible," he said. "I was in awe."
Besides the championship fights, there's also a full undercard featuring some of the city's best boxers.
"Our goal, obviously, was to bring back boxing in a big-time way," said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. "There's a lot of heritage here when you think of Tyson and Riddick Bowe and others that have called Brooklyn home. Again, this is a first big step for us."
Tickets range in price from $50 to $300. The event will also be broadcast live on Showtime.