Tony Harrison, Sergey Rabchenko and Paulie Malignaggi to return July 30
Showtime’s July 30 card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn has an undercard that is rounding into form and bursting at the seams.
Tony Harrison (23-1, 19 KOs) will face Sergey Rabchenko (27-1, 20 KOs) as part of Showtime’s triple-header headlined by Leo Santa Cruz-Carl Frampton with Mikey Garcia’s return against former titleholder Elio Rojas in the co-feature. Harrison-Rabchenko is a 12-round IBF junior middleweight eliminator for the No. 2 mandatory position behind IBF titleholder Jermall Charlo and No. 1 contender Julian Williams.
Detroit’s Harrison is coming off a sixth-round stoppage of former title contender Fernando Guerrero in March and has won two straight since a ninth-round stoppage at the hands of Willie Nelson last July; Rabchenko also has won a pair since suffering his first loss by split decision to Anthony Mundine in 2014.
“I’m thrilled to return to the ring on this big stage for my first fight in Brooklyn, and I’m ready to put on a show,” Harrison said in a release. “Fighting for a world title is my dream and I know that I have a challenge in front of me. I’m working hard in camp to get another knockout and to make my mark on the division.”
And on Showtime Extreme, former two-division titleholder and Showtime commentator Paulie Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) will take on fellow Brooklyn resident Gabriel Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs). Malignaggi is on a two-fight winning streak himself since getting stopped by Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter in back-to-back losses. Bracero is coming off a sensational first-round knockout of Danny O’Connor last October.
“I’m looking to make a statement by winning this fight,” Bracero said in the release. “Paulie and I have been friends since the amateurs and I’m thankful to have this opportunity, but he’s had his run. Now it’s time for me to have mine. This fight is going to change my life.”
Bracero was arrested on Feb. 7 for allegedly getting into an altercation with the NYPD during a traffic stop in Manhattan’s Chinatown. He was charged with assault on a police officer, three counts of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, unlawful possession of marijuana, as well as resisting arrest, police sources said. Despite the charges, Bracero, who had a court hearing on Tuesday, should be available for his match with Malignaggi.
Brooklyn’s Amanda Serrano (28-1, 21 KOs) will defend her WBO featherweight title against Calixta Silgado (14-6, 9 KOs) in the first women’s title fight at Barclays Center in an off-TV bout. Additionally, junior welterweight Ivan Redkach (19-1-1, 15 KOs) is set to appear on the card against Tevin Farmer (21-4-1, 5 KOs) in the opening of Showtime Extreme.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this fight,” Farmer said. “This is my Barclays Center debut and it is going to be a spectacular performance. I have called out anyone and everyone in the 130- pound division to no avail, so now I’m moving up to 135 to take on Redkach, one of the most feared punchers in the division.”