SAN DIEGO, December 7, 2013 – Boxing fans, you’ve been awfully good this year. You put up with some bad decisions and messy matchups. And we still don’t have any idea whether a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight will ever happen.
Your reward is a holiday season boxing buffet loaded up with fights sure to please any fan on Saturday night, airing on Showtime and HBO.
The evening gets underway at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with plenty of local boxers on the card including the main event featuring Brooklyn natives Paulie Malignaggi 32-5 (7 KOs) vs. Zab Judah (42-8, 29 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight bout. Showtime and promoters Golden Boy are calling it the Brooklyn Championship. Why not, we’ll play along. A fight for hometown bragging rights is always fun to watch.
Also sharing time on this card are three world title fights. Devon Alexander (25-1-0, 14 KOs)faces undefeated Shawn Porter (22-0-1, 14 KOs) for the IBF welterweight title; New Mexico’s Austin Trout (26-1-0 14 KOs) fights Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs), formerly of Cuba now based in Florida for the WBA light-middleweight crown; and Sakio Bika (32-5-1, 21 KOs) defends his WBC super-middleweight belt against unbeaten Anthony Dirrell (26-0-0, 22 KOs), an up and coming knockout artist. All fighters including Malignaggi and Judah made weight Friday.
HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” from Atlantic City features Cuban super bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0-0, 8 KOs) against Joseph Agbeko (29-4-0, 22 KOs) of Ghana. Rigondeaux’s WBA and WBO championship titles are on the line.
Rigondeaux is coming off his decision win over Nonito Donaire, which made believers in his talent out of many skeptics. Agbeko has only fought once in the last two years, after losing two decisions in a row to Abner Mares.
What the main event lacks in the way of fireworks, the two televised undercards could make up for it.
Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin (29-5-0, 20 KOs) will take on prospect Lamar Russ (14-0-0, 7 KOs) of North Carolina; and James Kirkland (31-1-0, 27 KOs) comes back from a 20-month layoff to face Glen Tapia (20-0-0, 12 KOs) in a catchweight contest at 156 pounds. Kirkland has returned to his original long time trainer, Ann Wolfe, one of the few women trainers in the sport.
Communities will host a Live Boxing Chat beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, December 7 for our Showtime/HBO Boxing Buffet. We get underway with the Showtime card starting at 8 p.m. ET. HBO’s card begins at 9:45 p.m. ET and we will keep you updated on all the action from Brooklyn and Atlantic City.
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