Golden Boy Promotions comes home for the holiday on Saturday, December 15 with an extravagant gift-basket filled with boxing presents for Los Angeles area fight fans and an unprecedented event at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena headlined by British superstar Amir “King” Khan making his ring return against Carlos Molinalive on SHOWTIME®.
The special day and night of boxing includes free tickets to see local World Champion Leo Santa Cruz‘s title defense against undefeated challenger Alberto Guevara, the professional debut of Los Angeles’ 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph Diaz Jr. and a free Fanfest taking place outside the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena. Santa Cruz vs. Guevara and Joseph Diaz Jr.’s bout against an opponent to be named will be broadcast live on CBS® (as previously announced), the first live boxing event on CBS Television in 15 years.
As an added gift, fans who present ticket stubs from the CBS event when purchasing tickets for the SHOWTIME event will receive a 20% discount on tickets purchased. There is a limit of one discounted purchased ticket per ticket redeemed while supplies last.
Golden Boy Promotions will also be sponsoring a toy drive throughout fight week and, in order to help get fans into the holiday spirit, will give two tickets to the Khan vs. Molina fight to anyone who donates an unwrapped, unopened toy with a value of $20.00 or more (two tickets per toy, per person while supplies last). Locations for fight week events and toy drop off locations are listed below.
In addition, Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya will distribute the donated toys, as well as 2,500 toys purchased by the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation, to pre-selected underprivileged families from three Green Dot Public Schools. The giveaway, which will be hosted by the 10-Time World Champion De La Hoya and a special guest, will take place on the morning of Saturday, December 15 outside the main entrance of the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena.
Finally, fight festivities offer additional fun for fans and families with a free of charge fanfest which run from approximately 3:00 p.m. until approximately 5:00 p.m. and will include music, a Corona beer garden, autograph sessions with some of boxing’s biggest stars, games, boxing memorabilia, food, a visit from Santa Claus and more. The fanfest will take place at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena’s main entrance at 3939 S. Figueroa St., allowing fans to attend the free afternoon session of boxing and then easily return later that evening to watch the evening’s fights.
All of this before Amir Khan and Carlos Molina take center stage for what has become one of LA’s biggest fight cards from top to bottom and the culmination of a spectacular all-encompassing and all-inclusive boxing event.
“The holiday season is a great time to remember that giving is just as important as receiving,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “With our fanfest, toy drive and giveaway, free CBS fights and a great night of SHOWTIME fights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on December 15, I think we’re all going to walk away filled with the amazing feeling of the holiday spirit. I am looking forward to distributing the toys to those families who need them most. There will be a surprise that morning too, so don’t miss it.”
“This is about giving and giving more as we end the year and the holidays draw near,” said Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions. “We want to show our appreciation to our loyal fans and their families who have supported all of our West Coast shows throughout the year. They can come all day, enjoy the free early fights, go to the fanfest and then come back for more action later that night. Add in the star boxers in compelling and competitive fights all televised between CBS and SHOWTIME and you have a recipe for holiday goodness.”