Photos: Peter Frutkoff
World Championship boxing returns to Barclays Center when the “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov makes the first defense of his WBO junior welterweight title and his Brooklyn debut against undefeated world-rated contender and New York product Chris Algieri. Provodnikov vs. Algieri will take place Saturday, June 14 and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. It is also now official that the co-main event will feature undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade making his first title defense, against #1 contender and mandatory challenger Brian “The Lion” Rose.
The undercard will feature undefeated WBC Continental Americas champion “Irish” Seanie Monaghan, and the debut of professional women’s boxing at Barclays Center with Heather “The Heat” Hardy of Brooklyn risking her undefeated record.
“I am very excited to be fighting in Brooklyn at Barclays Center and look forward to this fight very much,” said Provodnikov. “I know a lot of my fans from Russia will be flying in to see this great event. I also hope that my fans from the United States, including the great Russian community in Brooklyn, will be there to support me.”
“I cannot wait for June 14,” said Algieri. “Ruslan is a great champion and a feared and avoided guy in the junior welterweight division, which is exactly why I am eager for the chance to fight him. I am ready.”
“This will be a great event,” said Arthur Pelullo, President of Banner Promotions. “Ruslan has proven in his last two bouts that he is one of the best fighters in the world and he knows that the biggest fights are ahead of him. Algieri is hungry and will be fighting close to home so we know this will be an outstanding fight with both men each bringing in a legion of fans to support them. We look forward to bringing this great event to Barclays Center in front of the great fans in Brooklyn.”
“We have been grooming Chris for this opportunity and I know he is ready,” said Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. “Chris is in top shape and thrilled to be fighting Ruslan, one of the toughest and most highly-regarded fighters in boxing. This show will be captivating and I am looking forward to watching it at one of the most premiere arenas in the World.”
“We are excited to continue hosting such great boxing events at Barclays Center,” said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “Between the large Russian community in Brooklyn coming out to support Ruslan, and the other local fighters on the card, we expect a great crowd and a lot of excitement in Brooklyn on June 14. I also want to thank our boxing partner Golden Boy Promotions for graciously enabling us to host this fight for the boxing fans of this borough.”
“We are excited to have Demetrius make his first defense on this card,” said Pelullo, Andrade’s co-promoter. ” He is one of the future stars of boxing. To be at Barclays Center in Brooklyn is just fabulous”
“I am thrilled that Demetrius Andrade will be defending his WBO World Championship on this fantastic card,” added Andrade co-promoter DeGuardia. ” I’ve always felt Demetrius would rise to stardom and, on June 14, he will be able to do it in spectacular fashion at the beautiful Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY.”
Promoted by Banner Promotions and Top Rank, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, tickets to the Provodnikov-Algieri world champion event are $31, $56, $86, $106 and $206. Tickets will go on sale beginning Thursday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Friday, April 25 at noon. Group tickets are also available by calling 855-GROUP-BK. For information on individual suites, please call 718-BK-SUITE.