2001-07-05 / Arts & Entertainment

World-Class Boxing Returns To Brooklyn Saturday

World-Class Boxing Returns To Brooklyn Saturday

It was recently announced that world-class boxing returns to Coney Island for the first time in over fifty years.

On Saturday night, July 7, super lightweight Hector "Macho" Camacho Jr. (right) and Jesse James Leija (far right), will take to the ring along with 7 other professional boxing matches at the new KeySpan Park at Surf Avenue and West 17th Street. home of the Mets minor league affiliate team the Brooklyn Cyclones.

"This summer New Yorkers will have a ringside seat for the return of world-class boxing to Coney Island," Mayor Giuliani said in a recent announcement.

"The Brooklyn Brawlers" event, to be televised live on HBO’s "Boxing After Dark," will feature the WBA’s top super lightweight contender Camacho (32-0, 18 KOs) squaring off against former world champion Leija (42-5-2, 17 KOs). Also on the card will be Kirk Johnson vs. Larry Donald, competing to be mandatory challenger for the heavyweight title.


Tickets for the event are now available at the park’s box office, and through TicketMaster.

The last big-time boxing event to take place in Coney Island was on September 4, 1950 when Sugar Ray Robinson earned a 10-round decision over Billy Brown. The last championship fight on Coney Island was between flyweight champ Midget Wolgast and Ruby Bradley on July 13, 1931. Wolgast (147-36-16, 15KOs) won a 15-round decision. The last title fight held at a Brooklyn ballpark came one month later when Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom successfully defended his light-heavyweight title against Jimmy Slattery at Ebbets Field in a 15-round decision August 5, 1931.

Tickets are priced at $25, $50, $100, $200 and $300 and are on sale at the KeySpan Park box office and through TicketMaster (212) 307-7171 or through www.ticketmaster.com.

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