Barclays Center: Brooklyn Arena to Become the Next Fight Mecca?Written by Mark Weber
Boardwalk Hall, Foxwoods, Staples Center, Madison Square Garden, York Hall, Imtech Arena and MGM Grand are the meccas of professional boxing.
On most Saturday nights, boxing fans across the world tune in to one of those great venues to watch the sport's warriors put their lives on the line to entertain the masses.
Perhaps a brand new Brooklyn, NY venue will soon be added to those boxing landmarks?
Construction for Barclays Center began on June 29, 2010 and arena's foundation was completed January 12, 2012.
The arena is set to be home to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets (formally the New Jersey Nets) for the 2012/13 NBA season and may also be home to the NHL's New York Islanders in the future.
Barclays Center is expected to open its doors to the public for the very first time September 28, 2012 for a Jay-Z concert. Incidentally, the music icon is part owner of the Brooklyn Nets.
And to no surprise, Golden Boy Promoter Oscar De La Hoya pounced on the opportunity to solidify a fight card there early. The event is set to take place October 20th.
In a high-profile rematch, undefeated RING Magazine/WBC/WBA Super Lightweight Champion Danny "Swift" Garcia will face legendary Mexican warrior Eric Morales while WBA Super Lightweight Champion and Brooklyn native Paulie Malignaggi will defend his title against Pablo Cesar Cano.
While only one boxing card is currently booked at the moment, fans expect the arena to be a hotbed for boxing.
When Malignaggi was asked about his upcoming fight in Brooklyn by Ring TV, he responded:
"I can't wait, man, that's about it. When you come from New York, you always look forward to fighting in Madison Square Garden. But when you're someone like me, and you're fighting out of Brooklyn, the only reason you dream of fighting out of Madison Square Garden is because there was never something like the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn to keep dreaming about. But now that the arena is up and ready to go, and I'm actually going to fight in it, it's unbelievable."
The Brooklyn native added:
"It's almost surreal. I mean, this is the arena where fighters from Brooklyn and contenders from Brooklyn are going to dream of performing when they can, and the fact that I get to be on the first card, the first show and the first boxing event feels good."
"I would have never dreamed of this possibility to defend the world title in Brooklyn, but here it is, and it's coming true."
Is the new Barclays Center the next fight mecca?
Born and raised in Philadelphia, I currently reside in South Jersey which is about 20 minutes away from Philly.
I'm a Communications major at Gloucester County College and lifelong fan of several sports, including Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing.
I fell in love with Boxing during the era of the little giants... Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Manny Pacquiao, and Juan Manuel Marquez.