SuperSport 7 will cross to New York at 3am on Sunday for the action. The Brooklyn fight card is headed by WBA and WBC super-lightweight champion Danny Garcia against New Yorker Paulie Malignaggi, who is almost as famous for his commentary as he is for his boxing.
Garcia is one of the sport’s potential superstars, unbeaten in 30 fights with a slew of big-name victories. Among his victims are Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse and Zab Judah, although he got lucky in his last fight, squeaking a decision against Lamont Peterson.
“I laugh at it (criticism) all of the time because eight of my last 10 opponents are current or former world champions,” said Garcia. “Name a young fighter in the game who has fought eight of their last 10 fights against former or current world champions and won? I can’t name one. Or one who is 27-years-old like me?”
After fiddling around at catchweight, he finally steps up to welterweight against one of the division’s poster boys. Malignaggi is a former two-time champion, but at 35 his best days are considered past him. However, he is slick and crafty and will surely treat this fight as his final crack at re-entering the elite ranks.
On the undercard, “The Miracle Man,” Daniel Jacobs, the WBA middleweight champion, looks to continue his ascent against former champion Sergio Mora. Jacobs has reeled off nine consecutive knockouts since being stopped by Dmitry Pirog in July 2010. With his fifth-round stoppage of Jarrod Fletcher in Brooklyn in August, Jacobs became the sport’s first-known cancer survivor to win a world title.
Mora first gained national attention when he won the first season of reality TV show The Contender by defeating Peter Manfredo Jr in 2005.