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Big time boxing returns to Brooklyn

WBA Welterweight Champion Paulie Malignaggi, who calls Brooklyn

WBA Welterweight Champion Paulie Malignaggi, who calls Brooklyn his home, got a tour of the Barclays Center by Barclays CEO Brett Yormark. (June 1, 2012) (Credit: Steven Sunshine)

It’s been a long time since a major boxing event took place in Brooklyn. It’s been roughly 50 years to be exact. All of that will change on October 20 as Golden Boy Promotions will put on the first boxing event at the Barclays Center live on Showtime.

The main event features WBC and WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia against former WBC champ Erik Morales in a 12-round bout. Brooklyn’s own Paulie Malignaggi will defend his WBA welterweight title against Pablo Cesar Cano.

The Showtime Championship Boxing telecast begins at 9:00 p.m. Preliminary bouts will be broadcast on Showtime Extreme at7.

It was a longtime coming as the Barclays Center announced an exclusive agreement with Golden Boy Promotions in July 2010 to put on big-time prize fights. The deal will feature 36 shows over three years.

It could be an especially big night for Malignaggi. The Brooklyn resident hasn't fought in New York since suffering an 11th-round TKO loss to Amir Khan at the Theater at Madison Square Garden May 5, 2010.

Tickets for the October 20 show go on sale Wednesday August 29.
 

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