Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and Golden Boy Promotions are teaming up to bring the best of major professional boxing back to Brooklyn at the Barclays Center.
In an exclusive partnership with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions, whose president is 10-time World Champion Oscar de la Hoya, will promote a minimum of 12 boxing events a year at the Barclays Center during the multi-year term of the deal. Many of the events are expected to be broadcast on major cable networks.
Featuring top flight stars of the sport, as well as emerging talent, the regular boxing events will begin soon after the Barclays Center opens in 2012. Golden Boy Promotions will seek to include Brooklyn fighters on its Barclays Center events including ESPN.com 2009 Prospect of the Year Daniel Jacobs, who has been tabbed by many boxing insiders to be Brooklyn's next World Champion.
"From its storied boxing past featuring world championship fights, to the history of Gleason's Gym, to an extraordinary list of native champion boxers such as Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe, Mark Breland, and Zab Judah, Brooklyn has had a long and illustrious association with boxing," said Brett Yormark, president and chief executive officer of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment.
"We are thrilled to team with the world's premier boxing promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, to bring the Sweet Science to the Barclays Center and back to its roots of Brooklyn."
"The renaissance of Brooklyn sports is something that we at Golden Boy Promotions are proud to be a part of," said Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer. "We look forward to working with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment to bring big time boxing back to Brooklyn and helping to write the next chapter in the borough's rich boxing history."