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Brooklyn Stars On
NBC Sports Network Fight Night Show
March 24th – Aviator Sports and Event Center
Brooklyn, New York has a firm place in the history of boxing. Over the years, famous fight clubs like the Eastern Parkway Arena and legendary gyms like Gleason’s have contributed chapter after chapter to the fight game history book. The borough has also spawned ring greats like Mike Tyson, Joey Giardello, Mark Breland and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, not to mention other notables like Jackie Gleason, Spike Lee, Al Capone and most of the Three Stooges. To be sure, Brooklyn is a historic locale.
Main Events and the NBC Sports Network look to add to that storied history on March 24th when they bring a big, nationally televised fight card to Brooklyn’s Aviator Sports Complex. The main event features an important 12-round IBF Title Elimination Bout between junior welterweights Zab Judah, 41-7, 28 KOs, and Detroit’s Vernon Paris, 26-0, 15 KOs. The non-televised undercard fights will begin at 7:30 p.m., the NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast will begin at 10 p.m. ET.
Judah is one of those proud Brooklyn fighters that have struck it big in boxing. The former five-time world champion is part of a fighting family of Brooklynites that include his brothers Daniel, Joe and father Yoel. The fight in March has been called Judah’s “Homecoming” but it will be the very first time that he steps into the ring in his hometown. It should be quite an event.
Earlier this year, the NBC Sports Network set out to create a new boxing series that would not only bring back to TV the important match-ups and competitive contests that fight fans were longing for, they also pledged to make their shows relevant to each hosting site. Just like it was done in the good old days of the sport.
So on March 24th, Zab Judah will not be the only fighter the local fans come out to see. The remainder of the show is loaded with other Brooklyn fighters anxious to do battle before their hometown crowd. But in an interesting note, it will be the very first Brooklyn fight for every one of them.
Brooklyn-born middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens, 21-3, 15 KOs, will make his hometown debut against Cleveland’s Romaro Johnson, 11-5-1, 6 KOs, in a six-rounder. Stevens is coming off a close decision loss in his own IBF Eliminator and will be looking to get back on track.
Undefeated bantamweight Juan Domingez, 8-0, 5 KOs, won the Vacant USA New York State Bantamweight Title in his last outing, a unanimous decision over Arturo Santiago. The 26 year old was born in the Dominican Republic, but now calls Brooklyn home. He’ll fight a six-rounder in his first hometown bout.
Puerto Rico-born, Brooklyn resident Angel Garcia, 1-0, 1 KO, makes just his second career start on the card, but like the others, it will be the first time he does it in Brooklyn.
Zab’s brother Joe Judah, 10-1-1, 2 KOs, will compete in a 6-round super middleweight bout that marks his first fight in eight months. Joe beat Rafael Jastrzebski by decision in Las Vegas his last time out, but like his big brother, Joe has not yet fought in Brooklyn.
The ten-bout card promoted by Main Events will not only be a homecoming for Zab Judah and the other four Brooklyn boxers scheduled to appear, it will be the latest not-to-be-missed offering in Brooklyn’s very own piece of boxing history.
NBC SPORTS NETWORK FIGHT NIGHT SCHEDULE (All Times ET)