After officially announcing a sellout at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez Saturday night on HBO PPV, Showtime Championship Boxing will also present a sold-out card from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the fight capital of the world as 14,500 fans are expected to pack the MGM for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez.
Full press release below:
LAS VEGAS (September 14, 2012) — Tickets are sold out for this Saturday’s “Knockout Kings” featuring Canelo Alvarez defending his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against breakout star Josesito Lopez, WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defending his crown against former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, former World Champion Marcos Maidana facing Jesus Soto Karass in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Title and Leo Santa Cruz defending his IBF Bantamweight World Championship against former two-time World Champion Eric Morel.
Nearly 14,500 fans will pack the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for the quadruple-header presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools, AT&T and O’Reilly Auto Parts.
The four fights will be televised live on SHOWTIME Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT with preliminary fights to air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
“We are extremely proud of our efforts to showcase the superstar talents of Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez on Mexican Independence Day weekend and the fans have responded by making it a sellout,” said Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer. “This quadruple-header is just another example of Golden Boy Promotions’ efforts to bring the best and most exciting shows to our dedicated and loyal boxing audience. It is going to be a loud and raucous crowd in the arena Saturday night and one of these “Knockout Kings” might receive a $100,000 bonus for their performance too. I guarantee you it will be an electrifying night.”
PHOTO ABOVE: (From Left to Right) IBF Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz, former World Champion Marcos Maidana, former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez, President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De la Hoya, President of Thompson Boxing Ken Thompson, breakout super welterweight star Josesito Lopez, WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez, welterweight contender Jesus Soto Karass and former two-time World Champion Eric Morel pose on September 13, 2012 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. at the final press conference for their September 15, 2012 fights when Alvarez defends his title against Lopez, Gonzalez defends his title against De Leon, Maidana faces Soto Karass and Santa Cruz defends his title against Morel at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, all of which will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME