Golden Boy Promotions is back at Barclays Center on Saturday, August 9, with a Showtime televised tripleheader featuring the sport’s brightest young stars in pivotal world title fights.
Boxing on Brooklyn’s biggest stage will be Unified Junior Welterweight World Champion Danny "Swift" Garcia who will meet "Lightning" Rod Salka, IBF 140-Pound Titleholder Lamont Peterson who will face New York’s Edgar "El Chamaco" Santana and Brooklyn’s own Daniel "Miracle Man" Jacobs will challenge Australia’s Jarrod "Left Jab" Fletcher for the vacant WBA Middleweight Championship.
"This is my third fight at Barclays Center, and it feels like a second home to me," said Garcia, the undefeated Philadelphia native. "I’ll be ready for Rod Salka, and I’m going to give my Brooklyn fans another great show."
"This is the biggest stage I have fought on in my career, but that doesn’t intimidate me," said Salka. "Danny Garcia is beatable, and I’m going to show the world how it’s done. My experience has prepared me for this, and I will be ready on August 9."
"I’m really excited about this fight and about making a statement to the boxing world that I’m the true junior welterweight world champion," said Peterson. "I know Danny will be watching me, and I’ll be watching him. After August 9, there will be only one fight to make at 140 pounds."
"I want to thank Lamont Peterson and his team for giving me this opportunity. This has been a long time coming for me and I’m just so excited and thankful to finally be getting a crack at the world championship," said Santana. "This is an absolute pleasure for me to get this opportunity, especially since the fight is taking place right here in my hometown of New York. I haven’t fought here in a couple of years and I expect to have a ton of people there to support me come August 9."
"This whole comeback has been a dream so far, and what better way to keep it going than with a world title fight in my borough?" said Jacobs, who battled back from a bout with cancer to earn a shot at the WBA championship. "This is the fight I’ve been waiting for and no one will keep me from that belt."
"I know that the hometown crowd will be in Jacob’s corner, but that’s fine," said Fletcher. "My goal like Daniel’s is to win the WBA Middleweight title - and regardless of where the fight is taking place, I intend on having my hand raised and hearing the ring announcer say ’AND THE NEW WBA Middleweight World Champion Jarrod "Left Jab" Fletcher...!’"
"We are thrilled to be able to bring such a stacked card; this should help answer any and all questions about the future of Golden Boy Promotions - it is brighter than ever," said Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions. "Barclays Center and the Brooklyn fans have been great supporters of Golden Boy boxing, and we can’t wait to bring them another great show on August 9."
"SHOWTIME continues to deliver the deepest fight cards in boxing," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. "Three world title fights featuring young, dynamic, American champions at the electrifying Barclays Center in Brooklyn is a recipe for great sports television and the standard for SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING."
"You know it’s going to be a great night of boxing when Danny Garcia and Brooklyn’s own Danny Jacobs are on the fight card at Barclays Center," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center. "Both of these boxers have captivated audiences in their previous fights at Barclays Center and we are delighted that they are returning to Brooklyn’s most celebrated ring. Golden Boy is once again delivering great boxing to Barclays Center."
Now in his third year as a world champion, Danny "Swift" Garcia (28-0, 16 KOs) has already made five successful title defenses. He’s defeated Amir Khan, Erik Morales, Zab Judah, Lucas Matthysse and Mauricio Herrera. Still just 26-years-old, Garcia’s fan base is growing with each bout, which isn’t a surprise given his fan-friendly style and willingness to fight all challengers.
Unbeaten in four of his last five fights, with the only loss coming via controversial decision to Ricardo Alvarez last December, Bunola, Pennsylvania’s "Lightning" Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) is a skilled boxer who doesn’t mind battling it out in the trenches if necessary, making his upcoming bout with Garcia one fight fans won’t want to miss. A professional since 2007, the 31-year-old Salka just handed highly touted Alexei Collado his first loss on April 18, and he expects to shock the boxing world once more on August 9.