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Victor Ortiz Headlines 'Fight Night Club' on Feb 25; Fox and RingTV.com To Broadcast!

LOS ANGELES (February 24) - As the 2010 boxing season kicks into full swing, big name sponsors are excited to be a part of the critically acclaimed and popular "Fight Night Club" presented by Golden Boy Promotions and AEG. The first season produced unprecedented enthusiasm for the sport of boxing in Los Angeles and the second season is back from L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia with more excitement for round two and is backed by hard-hitting sponsors. Fox Sports Net has joined forces with Golden Boy and AEG to televise the 10-fight monthly boxing series while RingTV.com is back on board to stream the fights live online plus Budweiser and Vitamin Water are returning for a second sponsorship season of the hit series and joining them will be DeWalt Tools..

"We are extremely excited to be working with so many great sponsors on the 'Fight Night Club' series," said Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions. "This is a series that is really close to my heart as I think the kids fighting on these shows are the future of boxing and it's important to give them exposure and get them ready to be the stars of tomorrow. The sponsors add so much to the overall atmosphere at these events from free giveaways to raffle contests to photo booths; the fans are the real winners at 'Fight Night Club.'"

The sponsors are not just putting their logo on the ringmat, they are actively promoting the events through local and national sponsorship packages.

Fox Sports Net has signed on to air all 10 events as part of their monthly programming. The events will be televised on Fox Sports Net (FSN) and its regional sports network affiliates (check local listings). In addition to seeing the fights on FSN, fans can also watch the fights online as RingTV.com has signed up for a second season to stream the fights live.

DeWalt Power Tools will set up on-site interactive areas including a power tool demonstrations and a custom photo area made out of a boxing ring for fans to take pictures with Golden Boy fighters. They are also offering retail programming in The Home Depot stores with a chance receive discounts on "Fight Night Club" tickets as well as "Enter to Win" packages to other Golden Boy fights.

Anheuser Busch-Budweiser will activate "Fight Night Club" by offering $10 off two tickets plus a free t-shirt incentive. They are also hosting a Ring Girl Contest to find new talent for the time-honored Ring Girl tradition at the Club Nokia shows.

Tickets are almost sold out with only General Admission tickets still available for $19.75 (Floor Standing Room & Balcony Seats) for purchase by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or through 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).

In the main event of this season's first show, exciting top junior welterweight contender "Vicious" Victor Ortiz returns to fight in front of his Southern California fans in a ten round bout against ultra-tough Hector Alatorre of Tulare, California.

In the co-main event, Paramount, California's Charles Huerta takes on veteran Guadalupe De Leon in featherweight action. The televised opening bout will see Santa Ana, California's undefeated lightweight Luis Ramos Jr. face his toughest test to date in Colombia's Walter Estrada and undefeated junior welterweight Carlos Molina from Norwalk, California will face Hensley Strachan. In other action undefeated Philadelphia native Karl Dargan takes on Mexico's Jose Alfredo Lugo, junior welterweight unbeatens collide when Las Vegas' Jessie Vargas takes on San Antonio's Robert Luna and Oxnard's junior featherweight Ricky Lopez faces Hugo Ramos of Palm Springs.

"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 L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia on March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30 and October 28. The February 25edition of "Fight Night Club" will be streamed live online at www.RingTV.com and will be broadcast by Fox Sports Net on a delayed basis (check your local listings). Doors open at 6:00pm PT and the first bell rings at 7:00pm PT.

"Fight Night Club," is Golden Boy Promotions' and AEG's critically acclaimed live monthly boxing series taking place in L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia, 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 reserved 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.


Victor Ortiz Headlines 'Fight Night Club' on Feb 25

Boxing fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of Golden Boy Promotions and AEG's "Fight Night Club" series and on Thursday, February 25, the wait is over as the 2010 season kicks off at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia with not only junior welterweight contender Victor Ortiz, but also three of "Fight Night Clubs" first season's brightest stars, Charles Huerta, Luis Ramos Jr. and Carlos Molina.

In featherweight action, Paramount, California's Huerta takes on veteran Guadalupe De Leon in the co-main event. The televised opening bout will see Santa Ana, California's undefeated lightweight Luis Ramos Jr. face his toughest test to date in Colombia's Walter Estrada and undefeated junior welterweight Carlos Molina from Norwalk, California will face Hensley Strachan.

In the main event of this season's first show, exciting top junior welterweight contender "Vicious" Victor Ortiz returns to fight in front of his Southern California fans in a ten round bout against ultra-tough Hector Alatorre of Tulare, California.

In a TV swing bout, junior welterweight unbeatens collide when Las Vegas' Jessie Vargas takes on San Antonio's Robert Luna.

The February 25 edition of "Fight Night Club" features eight bouts and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and AEG and 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 will open at 6 pm and the first bell rings at 7 pm.

Tickets are almost sold out with only General Admission seats available for $19.75 (Floor Standing Room & Balcony Seats) for purchase by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or through 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).

A 23-year old native of Paramount, California, featherweight Charles Huerta (12-1, 6 KO's) is a three-fight veteran of the "Fight Night Club" series. A talented boxer-puncher, Huerta is coming off of a six-round decision win over Rodrigo Aranda last September and is looking to put another win on his record on February 25. Standing in his way is Weslaco, Texas' Guadalupe De Leon (8-9, 4 KO's), a hard-nosed battler who is coming off an upset victory last December over previously unbeaten prospect Derrick Wilson. Now he's looking to spoil Huerta's stellar record as well.

Already 13-0 as a professional, 21-year-old Luis Ramos Jr. (13-0, 7 KO's) has been unstoppable since his professional debut in 2007. Fresh off of a 2009 that saw him win four times - with three at Club Nokia - the Santa Ana southpaw is back to fight in front of his ever-growing local fan base this February. Aiming to the spoil the homecoming is vastly more experienced veteran Colombian southpaw Walter Estrada (35-11, 24 KO's). An 11-year pro, Estrada has been in with world champions Yuriorkis Gamboa, Scott Harrison and Vicente Mosquera, and is thinking upset on February 25.

One of Las Vegas' top up-and-comers, junior welterweight Jessie Vargas (8-0, 3 KO's) looks to keep his perfect record intact in a six-round bout against fellow unbeaten prospect Robert Luna (5-0, 3 KO's). In 2009, the 20-year-old Vargas upped his level of competition and passed all his tests with flying colors. He decisioned Rickey Kinney in his first fight of 2010 on January 29, but he will be put to the test once again by San Antonio's Luna. A hard-hitting Texan, 'The Nighthawk' is on a two-fight knockout streak and hoping to make it three against Vargas.

But that's not all, as the hits keep on coming on this hard-hitting undercard.

Unbeaten LA-area favorite Carlos Molina (10-0, 6 KO's) of Norwalk, California is back in action on February 25 and after victories over Ever Luis Perez and Antony Nelson in his first two appearances at Club Nokia, the junior welterweight will return to the venue in search of his 11th victory against the Bahamas' Hensley "The Bruiser" Strachan (5-5-1, 1 KO).

24-year old Philly phenom Karl Dargan (6-0, 2 KO's) had a successful homecoming on December 2 when he defeated Samuel Santana on the undercard of Hopkins-Ornelas in Philadelphia, but now he's back on the road and looking forward to his second "Fight Night Club" appearance against seasoned competitor Jose Alfredo Lugo (10-12-1, 6 KO's) of Los Mochis, Mexico.

In a junior featherweight bout scheduled for six rounds, Khabir Suleymanov (9-0, 4 KO's) of Los Angeles squares off against Mexico's Manuel Galaviz (3-2). Suleymanov, a native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, roared back from two knockdowns in his most recent bout at Club Nokia against Hugo Ramos to stop his foe in the fourth round, so you can expect more fireworks from this always-exciting competitor.

Opening up the 2010 season of "Fight Night Club" will be a four round junior featherweight contest pitting Oxnard's own Ricky Lopez (6-0, 2 KO's) against Palm Springs' Hugo Ramos (2-4-2, 1 KO).

"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 reserved 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.

For more information visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.fightnightclub.com follow Golden Boy on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GoldenBoyBoxing.

Article posted on 22.02.2010



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