Thursday, January 28, 2010
QUOTES FROM "FIGHT NIGHT CLUB" FEBRUARY 25 ANNOUNCEMENT PRESS CONFERENCE!
Oscar de la Hoya - President of Golden Boy Promotions
"We are extremely excited to announce the return of 'Fight Night Club.' These are events where every match-up has been exciting and we've managed to produce great fights as well as great upsets."
"For the fans, it's a night to enjoy boxing, whether you're sitting ringside or in the back row."
"At 'Fight Night Club' we have fighters who believe in themselves. They're here to win. They're here to fight."
"We have a great main event lined up for February 25. In one corner will be a veteran fighter who is tough as nails (Alatorre) and in the other we have a title-contender looking forward to his return to LA (Ortiz). With a fight like this, the people guaranteed to come out happy are the fans."
"Our featured fighter for the co-main event is no stranger to 'Fight Night Club,' as he has demonstrated a combination of speed and power that led him to win three match-ups at Club Nokia in 2009. Luis Ramos has been fighting very often and has been impressive in his recent outings. We're going to move him forward fast, as fast as he wants to go."
Victor Ortiz - Top Junior Welterweight Contender
"It's true, Hector and I go back a few years, but we're both warriors and as a boxer you want to fight the best of the best and never back down."
"I've had my own share of ups and downs. Ups are always great, downs always hurt, but you have to come back strong. I don't think I'm gonna be able to just walk right through Hector because he's tough, but I'm ready."
Hector Alatorre - Junior Welterweight
"You can tell by his record that he hits hard, but I'm no chump."
"Some people see me as a ladder for Victor to climb, but people forget that some ladders lead down and some ladders are slippery."
"Some people see me as a stepping stone, but don't step on me lightly."
"I'm not here to lose. I'm here to make a statement. I'm here to win. For me, this is a rematch from seven years ago when I wasn't mentally prepared. Now I'm ready."
Luis Ramos Jr. - Undefeated Lightweight Prospect
"What I did in 2009 was great experience for me, starting with signing a contract with someone I used to idolize on TV (De La Hoya). It goes to show you dreams do come true."
"I'm looking forward to my first fight of 2010 and seeing where it takes me next."
Rolando Arellano - Ortiz's Co-Manager
"What we're experiencing here today is the vision of Oscar de la Hoya turning into reality. He asked us to help bring the boxing world fight nights that are not only exciting, but accessible and affordable as well."
"Victor is in the best shape of his career. He's stronger, he's committed and on February 25 we are going to open the gates of hell (on Hector) at Oscar's request."
Michael Roth - Vice President of Communications of AEG
"We didn't have boxing in mind when we built Club Nokia, but we're fortunate Golden Boy has selected our venue because "Fight Night Club" has made it the place to go to watch a fight in LA."
"It really feels like you're in the ring. You see the sweat flying off the fighters and with LA LIVE just outside, fans can come for entertainment before, during and after the fight - its a great experience."
The main event of this season's first "Fight Night Club" show features exciting top junior welterweight contender "Vicious" Victor Ortiz return to fight in front of his Southern California fans in a ten round fight against ultra-tough Hector Alatorre of Tulare, California on February 25, 2010 at LA LIVE's Club Nokia. In the co-featured bout, rising star Luis Ramos Jr. will see action against an opponent to be announced in a six round lightweight contest.
"Fight Night Club" is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and AEG and is sponsored by DeWalt Tools, Budweiser and Vitamin Water. The series will return to Club Nokia on March 25, April 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30, October 28 and November 18. Doors open at 6:00pm PT and the first bell rings at 7:00pm PT
Tickets, priced at $250 (VIP On-Stage Seats, which are limited to only ten per show and allow purchasers to sit ringside on Club Nokia's stage near VIP's attending the fight [De La Hoya, Mosley, etc.], receive an Oscar de la Hoya autographed boxing glove and provide buyers access to the Club Nokia VIP Room [must be 21 years of age and over]), $100 (VIP Front Row Balcony Seats which come with a "Fight Night Club" autographed boxing glove and grant buyers access to the Club Nokia VIP Room [must be 21 years of age and over]), $60 (VIP Balcony Seats which grant buyers access to the Club Nokia VIP Room [must be 21 years of age and over]) and $19.75 (General Admission: Floor Standing Room & Balcony Seats), are on sale now and may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or thru any Ticketmaster outlet or the STAPLES Center box office. Group tickets and full series tickets at a discounted rate are also available by calling 1-877-AEG TICKETS (1-877-234-8425).
"Fight Night Club," is Golden Boy Promotions' and AEG's critically acclaimed live monthly boxing series, that presents boxing in a night club atmosphere, with a DJ, music, great food and a VIP room, as well as a unique setup where the ring is on Club Nokia's stage with standing room for fans in front of the ring, as well as great seating in the balcony. After the boxing action ends, fans are invited to stay to hear great music played by LA's hottest DJ's, dance and mingle with the fighters as the venue converts back into a night club.