Paulie Malignaggi plans to ‘put on a show’ when he defends his WBA welterweight title against Pablo Cesar Can at the first ever boxing event at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on October 20.
At Tuesday’s press media workout at Gleasons Gym the ‘Magic Man’ said: “The whole motivation was not just to defend a world title but to put on a show for Brooklyn. I’m here to win and look spectacular and really make a statement. I expect Brooklyn to be in the house, that’s for sure.”
Former world title contender Danny ‘The Golden Child’ Jacobs,22-1-(19), also from Brooklyn, sees action on the card against Josh Luteran,13-1-(9), and he is grateful for the opportunity to fight in front of his home fans.
“To have gone through what I’ve gone through in the past year and a half (his battle with cancer and paralysis caused by a large tumor on his spine), to have this opportunity and attention, to have people say I appreciate you, it’s an amazing feeling,” said Jacobs.
“To have this amazing Barclays’ card on October 20, it’s going to be historical.
“The doctors told me I would never be able to box again. It was the crazy part of me that wanted to do what the doctors told me I couldn’t do.”
The card is co headlined by Danny Garcia, who defends his WBC and IBF light welterweight titles against Erik Morales in a rematch.
Also on the card is number one rated WBO middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin of Manhattan, who takes on unbeaten Hassan N’Dam for N’Dam’s WBO Middleweight Championship and Devon Alexander “The Great” faces Randall Bailey for Bailey’s IBF Welterweight.
October 9, 2012