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 rounder against Hector Alatorre on February 25 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. Ortiz and promoter Oscar De La Hoya were on hand at a press event in Los Angeles to announce the event.
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“We are extremely excited to announce the return of ‘Fight Night Club,’” said De La Hoya. “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 stated, “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 commented “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.”
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.”
“Fight Night Club” 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.