Big Time Boxing Returns to Brooklyn

By Teron Briggs on August 30, 2012
Big Time Boxing Returns to Brooklyn
“He beat me the first time," said Morales. "I know I have what it takes to avenge my loss."

Golden Boy Promotion’s Oscar De La Hoya announced the first ever boxing card at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York…

In front of a packed ballroom at the Brooklyn Marriot today, Golden Boy Promotions head Oscar De La Hoya announced the first ever boxing card at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. On October 20th Showtime Sports will broadcast a triple-header featuring three world title bouts between some of the top names in the sport, in addition to an undercard loaded with local homegrown talent.

The impressive turnout from the press and energetic supporters for the respective fighters gave the conference the feeling of a major event. The card is highlighted by a rematch of a slugfest staged earlier this year between super lightweight champion Danny Garcia (24-0, 15 KOs) and the legendary Erik Morales (52-8, 36 KOs). Garcia is looking forward to again facing the man from whom he captured his first world title, but he issued this warning to the former champ: “I am excited to be part of this great night for boxing and also to give the legendary Erik Morales the opportunity to try to beat me and take back the title. Unfortunately for him, that’s not going to happen. I bring heart, skill and determination into the ring. Every time I win the fighter I beat has an excuse. Now for Erik Morales, it’s surgery or medical.” Morales, who had a statement prepared in English that he read, also spoke in his native Spanish confidently stating, “He beat me the first time, but I know I have what it takes to avenge my loss. I am a veteran at learning from my mistakes and correcting them.”

In the co-feature, Brooklyn’s own Paulie Malignaggi (31-4, 7 KOs) will defend his newly won WBA welterweight title against Pablo Cesar Cano (26-1-1, 20 KOs). Malignaggi received a rousing ovation when he took the podium where he displayed some of the spoils that come with being champion, flashing some impressive looking diamonds on his watch and chain that would’ve made Elizabeth Taylor blush. Malignaggi couldn’t hide his excitement about defending his titles in front of friends and family. “Brooklyn, baby, ” he said. “All about Brooklyn for me, and it is amazing because the Barclays Center is so close to where I was born. And I just don’t mean New York close, I mean close as in 5 miles from the hospital. When I found out about the fights at the Barclays Center I wanted nothing more than to be on this card. This is really a dream come true for me and I am confident I will make my fans proud and come away with a win.” Malignaggi also informed the media that Brooklyn rapper Maino, who was in attendance, would be leading him to the ring. Twenty-two-year-old Pablo Cesar Cano of Tianeplantla, Mexico is most recognizable to fight fans for the valiant effort he gave in losing to Erik Morales in a violent and bloody 10-round fight last year. Cano acknowledged how difficult it will be for him to win on his opponent’s home turf, but showed no fear by saying, “I will be ready to fight Paulie Malignaggi on October 20th—even in his own backyard. I am the younger, stronger fighter and I will do everything I can in training to be victorious that night.”

The third televised fight will be between Cameroon-born Hassan N’Dam (27-0, 17 KOs), who was not in attendance, defending his title against the undefeated Michigan-born but Manhattan based contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (27-0, 20 KOs). Quillin is coming into the fight off a career defining victory over former champion Ronald “Winky” Wright.  “Even though I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I consider New York to be my home because this is where I live,” Quillin told the media. “I will make my family, friends and all of the New York fight fans in the arena that night proud to support me and call me one of their own.”

The biggest applause of the afternoon was reserved for one of Brooklyn’s finest, middleweight Daniel Jacobs (22-1, 19 KOs). He returns to the ring following a more than one-year hiatus that saw him successfully battle the toughest foe of his career, cancer. Jacobs provided the most poignant movement of the conference when he got choked up while thanking his friends, family and fans for supporting him through a health scare that almost cost him his life. “It’s a slow road in recovery and I am just grateful to be alive and well enough to have the opportunity to continue my professional boxing career on October 20th. You can only imagine how I feel after having the year I had last year battling cancer and being paralyzed. But now I am better and not looking back. I have to thank my family and friends, because without their help I don’t know if I would have been able to make it. So here we come…from Brownsville to Barclays!”

Luis Collazo (31-5, 16 KOs), Dmitriy Salita (34-1-1, 18 KOs), Boyd Melson (9-1, 4 KOs) and Eddie Gomez (9-0, 6 KOs are just a few of the New York bred fighters who will be showcasing their skills on the undercard. Their opponents, along with Danny Jacobs’, will be announced shortly.

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Erik Morales vs Danny Garcia Highlights

Paulie Malignaggi vs Senchenko Highlights

Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam vs Gennady Martirosyan 2009-06-27

Winky Wright vs Peter Quillin Highlights and Knockdown []

Dmitry Pirog vs Danny Jacobs HD

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  1. ocelot 04:14pm, 09/04/2012

    As someone who lives two short blocks from the new arena, to say I’m excited about being able to walk to see world class boxing is a serious understatement.

  2. bk Don 05:53am, 08/31/2012

    Thanks fellas! It was a fun atmosphere at the event yesterday and I hope i just captured a small piece of it. Amazing comeback by Danny. It’s impossible to not be moved by his story. I forgot to mention it will be the 1st championship card in bk in 80 yrs.smh at me for that.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat saijo 01:58am, 08/31/2012

    Teron-Great report….great card…even greater comeback for Danny…Paul Williams’ return is next….we pray!

  4. Mike Casey 12:21am, 08/31/2012

    Nice report, Teron. The title alone warms my heart. There should always be big time boxing in Brooklyn - and New York!

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