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Thursday, July 30, 2015


LOS ANGELES (July 30, 2015) - On October 3, one the most exciting fighters and fearsome punchers in boxing, Lucas "La Máquina" Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) will take on the dangerous and undefeated Viktor "The Iceman" Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC World Super Lightweight Championship at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion, the championship event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets for Matthysse vs. Postol are priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, and go on sale Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets can be purchased at, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425.

Below is what the fighters and their teams had to say about the upcoming showdown on Oct. 3:

"Postol isn't anything big; he boxes well but that's it," said Lucas Matthysse, Former Interim WBC Super Lightweight World Champion. "I saw part of his fight against Selcuk Aydin but other than that there aren't very many videos of him on the Internet. I'm not taking him lightly though, because he's at the top of the rankings for a reason."

"Postol is tall like John Molina, but Molina came to fight," Matthyysse continued. "Postol, I don't think so. He moves his left very well, fights at a distance, seems fast on his feet, and has excellent head movement. Against Aydin he got off to a slow start but then dominated and got the knockout. He's good, but I'm confident that I'll be the WBC World Champion."

"I am glad that I am finally getting my chance to fight for the WBC world title after all those hurdles and delays," said Viktor Postol, top super lightweight contender. "To get to this fight I had to go through 6 years of hard work and dedication in the gym and in the ring. I am ready mentally and physically to win this fight and bring the world title back to the Ukraine!"

"Lucas was the winning half of the 2014 fight of the year and once again came out on top of what nearly everyone considers the 2015 fight of the year - if fans want action, they know where they're going to get it on Saturday, October 3," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Lucas knows that a victory here would not only earn him the WBC World Super Lightweight Belt but would establish him as the clear top fighter in the division. With so much opportunity, I fully expect he'll put on a dynamite show at StubHub Center."

"Viktor is a tremendous boxer-puncher, and we give him a helluva shot to beat Lucas Matthysse," said Boxing Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, Inc.

"We're going to work for this fight with the same or even greater responsibility than for Matthysse's previous fights," said Mario Arano, President of Arano Box Promotions. "I know Lucas will beat Postol by way of KO. After this fight we want Manny Pacquiao because even Bob Arum has mentioned the possibility of this fight happening. I'm sure our team at Golden Boy Promotions will work to make it happen."

"After Postol, as the WBC World Champion, Lucas will be more than ready for mega-fights, Arano said. "That's why we want Pacquiao, hopefully it can happen. If not, we're ready for anyone. Too bad Mayweather will retire. Honestly, I truly believe the only fighter in the world that can beat Floyd is Lucas Matthysse."

"We are looking forward to another great event with Lucas Matthysse who proves himself time after time to be one of the best fighters in the super lightweight division," said Vadim Kornilov, manager for Viktor Postol and President of VK Management. "After the Provodnikov fight in which Lucas came out victorious, this fight is kind of like a revenge fight for our whole team, and we will make sure to not let this one slip away.

"In the last 10 years our company has done a lot to develop professional boxing in the Ukraine," said Stepan Chernovetskiy, President of ELITE Boxing Promotions. "Viktor Postol has been one of our top prospects and we have done a lot to get him to a world title shot specifically with the WBC, which is one of the most respectable organizations. Viktor is a very good and technical boxer; myself and all of Ukraine will be supporting him in this fight and he has everything in order to win!"

"After giving fans one of the most riveting fights of 2015, Lucas Matthysse returns to face undefeated Viktor Postol, as these super-lightweights battle to capitalize on a well-earned opportunity to win a first world title," said Peter Nelson, HBO Sports Vice President of Programming. "Having been home to so many memorable fights in recent years, the StubHub looks to have another in Matthysse-Postol, and we are privileged to present it to our subscribers October 3rd on Boxing After Dark."

One of boxing's most popular fighters, Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs, 1 NC) has achieved that status with good reason, as his one-punch knockout power and aggressive attack in the ring always makes for exciting bouts earning him the BWAA 2014 Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight of the year honors. Hailing from Trelew, Chubut, Argentina, the former interim WBC Junior Welterweight World Champion, has shown the best form of his career in recent bouts, with wins over John Molina, Roberto Ortiz, and Ruslan Provodnikov not only giving him a three-fight winning streak, but putting him on the verge of winning the WBC Super Lightweight World Championship on October 3.

A boxer with the style to give anyone trouble on fight night, 31-year-old Viktor "The Iceman" Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) refuses to get rattled in the ring. After two recent wins in the United States over Selcuk Aydin and Jake Giuriceo, fans in America are starting to see just how good the Kiev, Ukraine native is. The number one contender for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight Title, Postol has scored professional wins over former world champion DeMarcus Corley and respected contender Hank Lundy. This fall, he hopes to add the name of Lucas Matthysse to the list of fighters he has vanquished on his way to earning him world champion status.

HBO Boxing After Dark's first event took place at the Great Western Forum on February 3, 1996, headlined by the classic bout between Marco Antonio Barrera and Kennedy McKinney. Now, nearly two decades later, Matthysse and Postol will look to make their mark on California boxing history on Oct. 3.

Monday, July 27, 2015



LOS ANGELES (July 27, 2015) - Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions today announced that it has signed a three-year deal with Estrella TV, one of the fastest-growing Spanish-language television networks in the U.S., to broadcast two boxing cards live every month on its network across the country, including the popular new series LA FIGHT CLUB.

Estrella TV will air its first fight under the deal with Golden Boy Promotions on Friday, September 4. Additional fight cards and broadcast dates will be announced soon.

"Estrella TV is one of the top-rated networks across the U.S. among Hispanic audiences so it was an easy decision to partner with them in bringing live, exciting boxing matches to their viewers across America," said Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya. "Latinos comprise the largest fan base for our sport so we see this partnership with Estrella TV as a great opportunity to showcase our stable of fighters before an audience that is hungry to watch action-packed match-ups."

"Golden Boy Promotions is the top promoter in boxing with a huge, loyal Hispanic fan base that closely mirrors our current audience demographic-this a natural partnership that Estrella viewers around the country will be excited about" said Lenard Liberman, CEO of Estrella TV. "Estrella TV attracts hundreds of thousands of viewers in markets across the country, allowing us to quickly become one of the most-watched Spanish-language networks. These must-see boxing events will offer yet another reason for our current views-and future ones-to tune in."

As part of its deal with Estrella TV, Golden Boy Promotions will continue to host its popular LA FIGHT CLUB series at the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles where it debuted on March 6, 2015. The series, which has sold out nearly every show, showcases the brightest rising stars in boxing and presents the exciting matchups in a nightclub atmosphere. To date, ringside celebrities have included Ronda Rousey, Mario Lopez, Kate Del Castillo, George Lopez and many others.

Estrella TV is the only network in Spanish or English to show two consecutive years of growth in primetime and its unique strategy of programming original compelling content made in the U.S. specifically for U.S. Hispanics assures that growth will continue.  Golden Boy boxing fits perfectly into the Estrella TV strategy and will create destination viewing every Friday night.

About Golden Boy Promotions
Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions was established in 2002 by 10-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya, the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. Golden Boy Promotions is one of boxing's most active and respected promoters, presenting shows in packed venues around the world and has worked with networks such as HBO, HBO Latino, SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME EXTREME, ESPN, Telefutura, Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes, Televisa and Azteca. In its 13-year existence, Golden Boy Promotions has promoted some of the biggest and highest grossing pay-per-view events in the history of the sport.  In 2007, the company broke all boxing records with more than four million pay-per-view buys in a single year.  Golden Boy Promotions also formerly held the record for the highest grossing and most pay-per-view buys events of all time: De La Hoya vs. Mayweather generated 2.5 million buys and grossed over $120 million, Mayweather vs. Canelo generated 2.2 million pay-per-view buys and grossed over $150 million in revenue.  The company has also promoted other notable pay-per-view fights featuring fan-favorites Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins, Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Marco "Baby Faced Assassin" Antonio Barrera, Erik "El Terrible" Morales, and Sugar Shane Mosley.  

About Estrella TV
Since its 2009 launch, Estrella TV has established itself as a top U.S. Hispanic television network across all demos and dayparts.  The broadcast network has achieved its fast-track success by developing high-quality, all-original programming produced in-house at its Burbank, Calif. studios featuring well-known stars and popular personalities from the U.S. and Latin America.  Estrella TV has built a catalog of more than 7,500 hours of programming now being distributed by the company to broadcasters worldwide. Estrella TV is owned and operated by Liberman Broadcasting, Inc., a leading Spanish-language, minority-owned media and entertainment company and one of the largest Spanish-language radio and television broadcasters in the U.S., based on both revenues and number of stations. For more information visit

Thursday, July 9, 2015


LOS ANGELES (July 8) - Fighters on the July 11 HBO Latino ® card held a final media workout today at Westside Boxing Club in anticipation of their respective bouts at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. In attendance, the main event fighters, Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera and "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy, not only showed off for the cameras but also exchanged a few heated words ahead of their anticipated bout.

Joseph "Jo Jo" Diaz Jr. and Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado, who are scheduled to open up the HBO Latino telecast, attended the event and were joined by fighters featured in the non-televised undercard including Nick Arce, Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez and Jesus Ivan Delgado.

Below are the fighters' finals thought about their upcoming bouts on July 11.

Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera, Former Interim WBA Super Lightweight Champion:

"I feel great. I feel prepared and ready to beat Lundy and if he wants to brawl, box or do whatever, I'm ready. I feel there is a big possibility that I can stop him."

"Hammerin'" Hank Lundy, Super Lightweight Title Contender:

"He [Herrera] may have beaten another Philly fighter, Danny Garcia, but he's got to realize I'm another type of animal. I'm a throwback fighter and on Saturday, Herrera is going to see what Hammerin' Hank is all about."

Joseph "Jo Jo" Diaz Jr, Featherweight Prospect:

"My dad and I have had a great training camp and I feel great. Working on sitting down on my shots and my power in general has been a huge focus for us. This fight is really important because I feel it will set up the future of where I stand in the division. My goal is to be fighting for a title a year from now and that will all come down to Saturday night."

Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado, Former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion:

"I've worked hard to prepare for this matchup. He [Diaz Jr.] is a good fighter, but I feel comfortable and calm. I have been working on my speed and focusing on fighting intelligently and I think that will be the difference in the fight."

Nick Arce, Featherweight Prospect:

"I feel stronger. The physical training and conditioning during camp has been great and I feel comfortable with our game plan. Training has been great and I cannot wait to put on a show for all the fans. If I can keep my knockout streak that would be great but fighting smart is a huge part of our game plan."

Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez, Super Featherweight Prospect:

"I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring. We took a short break after my last fight and then went right back to work, working on a lot of the things that helped me win. Obviously my goal is to win but also in a way that makes it exciting for the fans."

Jesus Ivan Delgado, Super Featherweight Prospect:

"I'm excited. I've been sparring a lot working my speed and power and I feel great. I'm ready to make a big impression on my fans in my hometown and show my skills. I think my style and versatility gives me a great advantage in this fight."