Two-division world champion and Brooklyn fan-favorite Danny “Swift” Garcia will make his tremendous welterweight debut towards thrilling contender Jose Benavidez Jr. in a 12-round showdown that headlines a stacked tripleheader Saturday, July 30 dwell on SHOWTIME from Barclays Middle in Brooklyn in an occasion introduced by Premier Boxing Champions.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and also will see Polish star and Brooklyn’s all-action Adam Kownacki returning to the ring to tackle Turkish Olympian Ali Eren Demirezen in a 10-round heavyweight attraction, whereas unbeaten rising star Gary Antuanne Russell faces two-division champion Rances Barthelemy in a 10-round showdown to kick off the telecast.
Tickets for the dwell occasion, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and DSG Promotions, go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, June 9 at 10 a.m. ET and might be bought by means of seatgeek.com and barclayscenter.com. Tickets may also be accessible for buy on the American Specific Field Workplace at Barclays Middle starting Thursday, June 9 at 12 p.m. ET.
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“This card on July 30 has all the pieces a boxing fan might ask for and is ready as much as ship compelling motion from begin to end,” stated Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Philadelphia’s Danny Garcia has established a robust fan base in Brooklyn and can look to provide them a present in his 154-pound debut towards the at all times robust Jose Benavidez Jr. The heavyweight conflict within the co-main occasion shall be filled with motion as effectively, as standard heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki takes on Ali Eren Demirezen with each fighters trying to take an enormous step up the heavyweight ladder. Plus, Gary Antuanne Russell has garnered recognition as a future pound-for-pound star and may proceed to solidify these credentials battling the artful former champion Rances Barthelemy opening up the motion on SHOWTIME.”
A world champion at 140 and 147 kilos, Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) owns one of many sports activities’ most spectacular resumes as he now seeks so as to add a 154-pound title to his record of accomplishments. He returns to struggle at Barclays Middle for the ninth time, the place he headlined the primary ever boxing present on the area in 2012 in his SHOWTIME debut. The Philadelphia native’s run by means of the tremendous light-weight division noticed him defeat a string of champions together with Erik Morales, Amir Khan, Zab Judah, Lucas Matthysse, Nate Campbell and Kendall Holt. As a welterweight, the 34-year-old added triumphs over Lamont Peterson, Paulie Malignaggi, and Robert Guerrero, defeating Guerrero for a vacant title in 2016. Garcia’s marketing campaign at welterweight included slim defeats to among the sport’s most proficient and rugged fighters –Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, and unbeaten unified champion Errol Spence Jr.
“I really feel blessed,” stated Garcia. “I’m again like I by no means left. I can’t wait to return to the ring in entrance of the followers at Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, who’ve at all times supported me, and for all my followers throughout the nation watching on SHOWTIME. The ‘Danny Garcia Present’ returns July 30 and you do not need to miss it!”
The 30-year-old Benavídez (27-1-1, 18 KOs) is the older brother of unbeaten two-time world champion David Benavídez and is educated by his father Jose Sr. An extended-established contender, Benavídez moved as much as tremendous welterweight in his final struggle after dropping a 147-pound title showdown to Terence Crawford in October 2018. Benavídez fought Francisco Emanuel Torres to a draw final November, his first motion in simply over three years. The Phoenix-native had beforehand earned wins over contenders equivalent to Mauricio Herrera, Francisco Santana and Frank Rojas on his approach to that world title alternative towards Crawford.
“This can be a Mexico vs. Puerto Rico matchup and each of us have one thing to show,” stated Benavídez. “It’s going to be a fantastic struggle for the followers. I really feel robust and I do know I’ll finish this one on struggle night time. I’m greater and stronger than he’s and are available July 30, he’ll see the distinction in energy between us.”
The 33-year-old Kownacki (20-2, 15 KOs) returns to the pleasant confines of Barclays Middle the place he has beforehand fought 10 instances, compiling a 9-1 document with 5 knockouts. Born in Lomza, Poland earlier than transferring to Brooklyn when he was seven, Kownacki will step again into the ring after dropping a pair of explosive, fan-friendly fights to Robert Helenius. He owns victories over former world champion Charles Martin and former title challengers Gerald Washington and Chris Arreola. His August 2019 battle towards Arreola set CompuBox information for heavyweights in mixed energy punches thrown and landed.
“I’m very excited to be again within the ring, particularly again house in Brooklyn at Barclays Middle,” stated Kownacki. “I’m prepared to point out the world that Robert Helenius simply caught me at a sophisticated time in my life, the place juggling being a brand new father and a fighter was a brand new expertise and studying how you can handle each was one thing I wanted to learn to do. For this struggle, my household went away to Poland whereas I’m in camp so I might solely concentrate on boxing. It was a troublesome resolution to make, however the proper one. Demirezen is coming off a pair large wins, so I do know he’ll deliver his ‘A’ recreation, however I have to beat him to be again within the heavyweight combine. Our struggle on July 30 shall be action-packed with my hand being raised in victory.”
A 2016 Olympian for Turkey, Demirezen (16-1, 12 KOs) has fought out of Hamburg, Germany within the skilled ranks since turning professional in late 2016. The 32-year-old gained his first 11 professional fights, together with a second-round stoppage of Rad Rashid to seize a European heavyweight title in 2018. Demirezen’s first U.S. outing got here in 2019, when he grew to become the primary individual to go the gap towards Efe Ajagba, shedding by resolution. Since that defeat, Demirezen has scored five-straight victories, together with defeating former title challengers Gerald Washington in January and Kevin Johnson in Might.
“I’m very pleased to struggle within the U.S. once more on July 30,” stated Demirezen. “After my large win in Miami [in January], I’m very assured I’m going to provide everybody a fantastic struggle in Brooklyn. I’m prepared for something Adam Kownacki brings to the ring and I need to make an enormous assertion with a win over him.”
A local of Capitol Heights, Md., Russell (15-0, 15 KOs) shall be persevering with on the legacy left by his late father Gary Sr., as he belongs to one of many sport’s preeminent preventing households and trains alongside his older brothers, former WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Jr. and bantamweight contender Gary Antonio. The 25-year-old Russell has but to permit an opponent to make it to the ultimate bell since turning professional in 2017 following his run representing the U.S. on the Rio 2016 Summer time Olympics. Most just lately, Russell added essentially the most spectacular skilled victory of his profession to date, as he grew to become the primary individual to cease former champion Viktor Postol of their February conflict on SHOWTIME.
When requested about his struggle towards Barthelemy, Russell cryptically stated, “Deforestation is only a part that reveals there’s extra space for progress and conquer,’’ after which acknowledged that he would clarify what he means after successful this struggle.
A local of Havana, Cuba now preventing out of Las Vegas, Barthelemy (29-1-1, 15 KOs) added two victories in 2021, successful a unanimous resolution over All Rivera in January earlier than stopping Gustavo David Vittori in two rounds in November. A world champion at 130 and 135 kilos, Barthelemy owns notable victories over Argenis Mendez, Antonio DeMarco, Mickey Bey and Denis Shafikov. His solely skilled loss got here in a 2018 140-pound championship rematch towards Kiryl Relikh, with the one different blemish on his document coming by way of a draw versus former champion Robert Easter Jr. in 2019. Barthelemy additionally comes from a preventing household, as he’s the center brother between the youthful Leduan and the older Yan, who gained a gold medal on the 2004 Olympics.
“I’m thrilled to be competing on SHOWTIME, particularly towards an undefeated younger lion like Gary Antuanne Russell,” stated Barthelemy. “He’s knocked out each opponent he’s confronted, however he’s going to search out out actual fast that I’m on one other degree. I’m extra decided than ever to take this younger child to high school. Don’t be shocked if I take him out, as I’ve been engaged on my energy and explosiveness. The brand new and improved model of myself shall be on show July 30 in Brooklyn.”