The June 14 HBO Boxing After Dark bill has been moved from Long Island's Nassau Coliseum to Brooklyn's Barclays Center, according to promoter Artie Pellulo, the promoter of main event A-side fighter Ruslan Provodnikov.
Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO) will defend his WBO junior welterweight title against Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KO) in the main event, while WBO junior middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade (20-0, 13 KO) will face Brian Rose (25-1-1, 7 KO) in the co-feature.
You may recall that Golden Boy Promotions has an exclusive deal to promote boxing at the Barclays Center, but true to his word when the deal was first announced, Richard Schaefer said he had no problem with another promoter putting a fight in the building:
"I was asked by the Barclays Center people if I would be okay if they were to do the Provodnikov fight frrm Barclays Center and I said, 'Absolutely, I have no problem with it.' We have a deal with Barclays Center, but I have no problem with Artie Pelullo going there with the Provodnikov fight. I know that HBO has been at Barclays Center before for a show that we did with them, and Barclays Center is one of the best venues in the world, and I think that it provides a terrific experience for people who can watch boxing from Barclays Center, so I have no problem with it."
In theory, this takes away a bit of the home field advantage that Algieri and his team expected to have in Uniondale, but probably not by much. The crowd should still be heavily in his favor if they turn out, though Provodnikov will no doubt have fans, too, given the fact that he's quite popular with boxing "heads" and what have you.
Seanie Monaghan will also fight on the undercard.