Not only will Mikey Garcia be making his long awaited return as a co-feature on the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton card, several other fights have been added to the July 30th Barclays card which will be aired on both Showtime and Showtime Extreme.
To open the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast, Tony Harrison (23-1, 19 KOs) will be taking on Sergey Rabchenko (27-1, 20 KOs) in a junior middleweight contest set for 12 rounds. The fight will be an IBF junior middleweight title eliminator with Harrison and Rabchenko battling for the number two mandatory spot behind Julian Williams and current titlist Jermall Charlo.
Before that, Paulie Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) will headline the undercard action on Showtime Extreme. In this fight Malignaggi will be taking on Gabriel Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round welterweight bout. Bracero is most recently coming off a first round knockout of Danny O'Connor last October, while Malignaggi is coming off two straights wins over pretty poor opposition overseas since getting stopped in succession by Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia.
Finally, opening the Showtime Extreme show will be Ivan Redkach (19-1-1, 15 KOs) taking on Tevin Farmer (21-4-1, 5 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight contest starting at 7pm ET.
"This is the strongest card from top to bottom that I have promoted at Barclays Center," said DiBella Entertainment President Lou DiBella. "Every single fight is significant and competitive, and this is a great follow up from the tremendous success that boxing had with Thurman-Porter this past weekend."
I won't say that all these match-ups are truly compelling, but all in all, this should really make for a fun night of boxing in Brooklyn. The card is pretty stacked.