Fresh off his dominant 10-round unanimous decision victory over once-beaten former world title challenger Dmitriy Salita before a sold-out crowd at the Aviator Sports & Events Center in Brooklyn, on November 9, world-rated contender Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (24-1) is hoping to land a significant fight in 2014. While there are many lucrative fights to be made in the talent-laden 140-147 divisions, Bracero has his sites set on what he believes would be the two best matchups.
"Danny Garcia or the winner of Malignaggi-Judah, those are the two that I am looking at," said the Puerto-Rican Brooklynite Bracero.
"I have no problem fighting at 140 where I am world-rated or at 147 where my last fight took place and I am also world-rated. I feel great at either weight, I just want my shot. I want the biggest fights out there, and at 140, that is Danny Garcia. He is the best in the division right now in my eyes, and to be the best, you have to beat the best. I have nothing but respect for him and it would be an honor to fight him."
Bracero continued, "He has been putting on great performances, two of which recently took place in my hometown of Brooklyn. We both have similar aggressive styles. We are both Puerto Rican. We each have a huge fan base. Hands down, this is a great fight. It wasn't long ago that Danny was in the same position that I am in now, waiting for his big shot. I am hungry and I am ready to go."
While a match against Garcia is the bout that Bracero is most interested in, taking on the winner of Malignaggi-Judah is also intriguing.
"If the bout with Danny can't be made, why not fight the winner of Paulie versus Zab? We are all Brooklynites. We all have big fan bases. It would be a perfect fight for Brooklyn and a perfect fight for the Barclays Center. I just want my shot. I want to prove to the world that I am one of the best fighters in my division and if given the opportunity, I know that I will not disappoint."
One of the most popular boxing figures throughout the entire New York boxing scene, Bracero easily defeated Salita in his last bout, controlling the action from the outset and scoring a knockdown to go on to win by scores of 100-89, 99-90, and 97-92.