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Garcia vs. ‘Magic Man’ at Barclay Center
Danny Garcia has vacated his unified WBC/WBA junior welterweight world titles and will make his official welterweight debut on Saturday, August 1, at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY. Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA, will headline another Premier Boxing Championship series fight card when he meets former world champion ‘The Magic Man’ Paulie Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) of Brooklyn.
“It’s going to be a great fight against Paulie on August 1st,” said Garcia. “I’m looking forward to getting in the ring again, in my fifth appearance at Barclays Center, and putting on a great show for the East Coast fans in attendance and the fans watching all over the world. By the end of the night, I will still be the undefeated Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia. To all of the fans that love me, I love you too. This is for you.”
Garcia-Maliganaggi will be televised live in primetime on ESPN on Saturday, August 1 with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
Garcia’s move to return to the ring in August for his welterweight debut couldn’t have been timed any better. Garcia, who hasn’t defended his unified 140-pound titles since winning a hard-fought decision against Maurcio Herrera in March 2014, fought his last two fights 143-pound catch-weights. In August 2014, Garcia easily dispatched Rod Salka before outpointing IBF 140-pound champion Lamont Peterson in a non-title fight in April – both fights occurred at the Barclays Center.
Garcia’s fight with Malignaggi will mark his fifth career appearance at the Barclays Center. Garcia headlined Boxing’s return to Brooklyn in October 2012. On that night Garcia knocked out future Hall of Famer Erik Morales in the second round. In addition to victories over Morales, Salka, and Peterson, Garcia also has a 12-round decision against Zab Judah, another Brooklyn favorite, at the Barclays.
Garcia also has spectacular victories against Amir Khan and Lucas Matthysse.
Once again, Garcia will attempt to do what the Golden State Warrior did in the NBA Finals – win impressively on the road.
“August 1 will mark Danny Garcia’s first fight as a true welterweight,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “It’ll take place at Barclays Center, in the backyard of Brooklyn’s Paulie Malignaggi. This high quality PBC matchup on ESPN is a must-win situation for both fighters.”
This is a ‘must-win situation’ for both fighters, especially for Malignaggi. Having lost the WBA welterweight title to Adrian Broner in June 2013, Malignaggi’s last win was a 12-round decision against Zab Judah 18 months ago. In his last fight, Malignaggi was stopped in the fourth round by former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter more than one year ago.
Loser of two of his past three fights, Malignaggi has proven to be one of the most durable fighters in boxing. Malignaggi, a former IBF junior welterweight and WBA welterweight champion, has fought a number of talented fighters that include Broner, Porter, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton, Juan Diaz, and Zab Judah.
Perhaps the biggest victory in Malignaggi’s career occurred on April 29, 2012. Malignaggi, a decisive underdog, traveled to the Ukraine to challenge undefeated Vyacheslav Senchenko for the WBA 147-pound title. Malignaggi, who recorded only one knockout victory in the last nine years at that time, shocked the boxing world by stopping the champion to claim a world title.
A Malignaggi victory will bring the 34-year-old Bensonhurst, Brooklyn native back into the fold for bigger fights. Malignaggi, who hasn’t fought in over one year, will be fighting at the Barclays Center for the fourth time in his career.
“I look forward to defending my home turf of Brooklyn and matching my skills against Danny’s at Barclays Center in August, ” Malignaggi said.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $250, $150, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and are on sale and are available at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com and at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Thursday, June 18 at noon.