John Torenli, Sports Editor
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Though he hails from the "City of Brotherly Love," Danny "Swift" Garcia has apparently found a home away from home at the Barclays Center.
However, Brooklyn's Zab Judah doesn't intend to lay out the welcome mat for the reigning super lightweight champion when the two square off on the corners of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues in the second fight night at the state-of-the-art arena.
Judah, a four-time, two-division world champion, will try to usurp Garcia's WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine titles on Saturday night, Feb. 9. The headliner will be televised by SHOWTIME, as was Garcia's successful defense of his crown against Erik "El Terrible" Morales in Downtown Brooklyn back in October.
"The atmosphere at Barclays Center was electric for our first event there in October and I know it's going to be bigger and better on February 9," said former world champion Oscar de la Hoya, the president of Golden Boy Productions, which is inked to a multi-year promotional pact with the arena. "Danny Garcia is an exciting young champion making statements with each fight and Brooklyn's own Zab Judah is going to test him like never before. This is a Fight of the Year candidate in February, and I can't wait to get back to Brooklyn to see it."
"We are thrilled to bring another exciting championship fight to Barclays Center for what is sure to be a dramatic evening for boxing fans," added Barclays CEO Brett Yormark.
With the bout a couple of months away, neither fighter did much in the way of trash-talking upon the announcement of the card. But Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs), who stopped Morales cold back in October, is looking forward to bringing his Philadelphia punching power back to Brooklyn.
"I plan on ending this one the way I did my last fight at Barclays Center .. by knockout," boasted Garcia before giving the ring-savvy Judah his due. "Zab's a great fighter, one of the best of his era, but it's my era now and I'm going to prove it February 9."
Judah (42-7, 29 KOs) realizes the importance of the title bout, especially since he has yet to fight in a major venue in his home borough.
"I'd like to thank Danny Garcia, Golden Boy and Barclays Center for this opportunity," he noted. "I'm blessed to be able to come back home to Brooklyn, perform for my fans, and win another world championship. Danny is a talented fighter, but I have tricks he's never seen before. This will be the defining fight of my career and I can't wait."
Though the undercard has yet to be announced, don't be surprised if it's once again littered with Brooklyn talent. Back in October, Bensonhurst's Paulie Malignaggi, Danny "Golden Child" Jacobs and Dmity "Star of David" Salita each scored big wins at Barclays.