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Golden Boy Promotions will be bringing fights to South Florida under a deal with the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.
Golden Boy and Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced on Wednesday a deal under which Golden Boy will promote at least four boxing events in the arena each year. The length of the deal was not announced, nor was anything regarding the first event. Each fight card, they announced, will feature "a guest appearance by a boxing legend."
"At Golden Boy Promotions we are committed to bringing boxing to fight fans across the country and this new partnership is further proof of this," Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya said in a statement. "South Florida has traditionally been a hotbed for boxing and we are excited to have a new home.”
"We are thrilled and honored to partner with an incredible athlete and entrepreneur such as Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions," said Sunrise Sports and Entertainment president Michael R. Yormark. "We believe that together we can take live professional boxing to the next level in South Florida."
The arena is the home of the Florida Panthers of the NHL. It has hosted a boxing event before, when it was known as the BankAtlantic Center, when Andre Berto knocked out Carlos Quintana in the eighth round of a welterweight title defense that headlined an HBO card in April 2010.
This is the second major arena Golden Boy has made a deal with. It has a deal to be the exclusive promoter of boxing events at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. That deal kicked off on Oct. 20 with a Showtime card headlined by the Danny Garcia-Erik Morales rematch.