Barclays Center in Brooklyn will be venue for Broner-Garcia
Published: June 13, 2017
BROOKLYN – It was announced earlier today that the 140-pound bout between former four-division champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) and three-division champion Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) would be taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The Barclays Center has played host to some of boxing’s biggest bouts in the last few years including last year’s two fight of the year nominees in Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter and Leo Santa Cruz-Carl Frampton. The arena has become a staple for the PBC (Premier Boxing Champions) as somewhat of a neutral venue to stage fights. Both Broner and Garcia have fought at the Barclays Center just once with the two men coming away with a victory.
In 2013, Broner faced the loquacious Paulie Malignaggi at the Barclays Center. It was for the WBA welterweight championship in Broner's first fight at welterweight. The Cincinnati native escaped with a narrow split decision victory over Malignaggi in a fight that had more action in the press conferences than in the ring. Since the fight with Malignaggi, Broner’s career has had its ups and downs with losses to Marcos Maidana and Shawn Porter. Broner has also had his run-ins with the law compounded with inconsistent performances and battles with the weight-scale.
Garcia, a native of Oxnard, California just recently made his return to the ring last July after an over two-year layoff. He came back last July against Elio Rojas (24-3, 14 KOs) at the Barclays Center stopping him in the fifth round. This past January, Garcia became a three-division champion scoring a vicious knockout over Dejan Zlaticanin (22-1, 15 KOs) to become the WBC lightweight champion.
The fight with Broner will be Garcia’s first time fighting above the lightweight limit. Garcia has stated that this is not a permanent departure from the lightweight division as he plans on returning once fights with the other champions in the division can be made.
The former four-division champion will be looking to make a statement against Garcia, as a victory would prove that his career is far from finished. When Broner-Garcia was first announced, it came as a surprise to many. However, it should be just another addition to what has been an exciting year for boxing in 2017.
The fight will be televised on Showtime. Tickets for the event will go on sale this upcoming Thursday. They will be available for purchase at ticketmaster.com, barlcayscenter.com, and by calling 800-745-3000. The tickets are currently priced at $950, $750, $350, $300, $250, $150, $75, and $50.
(Feature Photo: Showtime Boxing and Brooklyn Boxing)