New York City’s newest colossal addition, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is set to open for business on September 28th with a series of epic shows from the area’s homegrown gladiator Jay-Z, which will be followed up with concerts from artists ranging from Barbara Streisand to Justin Bieber… not to mention the arena being the home of the new Brooklyn Nets.
But there won’t be just music and b-ball coming to Brooklyn, champion fighter Oscar De La Hoya is helping to bring boxing back to the BK. You’re probably unaware, like we were, but the last world title fight to take place in Brooklyn was on August 5th, 1931 when Maxie Rosenbloom defended his Light Heavyweight World Championship from Jimmy Slattery at Ebbets Field.
On October 20th, Danny Garcia and Erik Morales will go head to head in the main event for the Unified Super Lightweight World Championship. Today on the morning show, Ty Bentli spoke with Oscar about the excitement surrounding this monumental event.
“We’re just super excited to bring boxing back to Brooklyn.” Oscar told Ty. “It’s an honor, it’s a privelage, it really is… it’s history in the making.”
Also on the roster on October 20th, are Brooklyn’s own Paulie Malignaggi who will go up against Pablo Cesar Cano to defend his WBA Welterweight World Championship title and Peter Quillin, a Manhattan native takes on Hassan N’Dam as N’Dam defends his WBO Middleweight World Championship title.
On the undercard is Brooklyn’s Daniel Jacobs, former World Champ Luis Collazo, the Bronx’s Eddie Gomez, Dmitriy Salita and another Brooklyn boy, Boyd Melson.
The main event on October 20th, Danny Garcia v Erik Morales, will be televised live on Showtime.
–Joe Cingrana, 92.3 NOW
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