The first world championship boxing card in Brooklyn in 81 years will be staged at Barclays Center Saturday night, but whether the main event occurs remained a question Friday night.
Erik Morales, 36, who is to face undefeated unified super lightweight champion Danny Garcia (24-0, 15 knockouts), tested positive for a banned substance in a random test administered Oct. 4 by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, according to a spokesperson for Golden Boy Promotions who requested anonymity.
The Daily News reported that Morales said during yesterday's weigh-in that he spoke to a USADA official Friday and was "assured" that only small levels of the substance were found and was most likely related to eating contaminated food. Two later tests were given and the results were being shipped Friday night, according to sources involved with the fight card.
Even if the Morales-Garcia fight is scrubbed, two sources involved with the card said that "the show would go on."
Garcia, 24, beat Morales in a unanimous decision in March for the WBC light welterweight title, and won the WBA light welterweight title with a 4th-round TKO of Amir Khan in July.
In the three other featured matches, which will be televised by Showtime, Brooklyn's Paulie Malignaggi (31-4, seven KOs), who turned pro 11 years ago in the last major fight card in the borough (in Coney Island) defends his WBA welterweight championship belt against Pablo Cesar Cano (25-1-1, 19 KOs); Hassan N'Dam, the WBO middleweight champion, takes on Manhattan's Peter (Kid Chocolate) Quillan, and Devon Alexander tries to claim Randall Bailey's IBF welterweight crown.