Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Top Rank Expect 6-7,000 Strong For 10/13 HBO Double

By Jake Donovan
 
A positive trend continues as ticket sales measure up to the demand for the HBO-televised October 13 doubleheader at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

The main event pits top super bantamweights Toshiaki Nishioka and Nonito Donaire, with the winner to gain recognition as the lineal 122 lb. king (with apologies to Guillermo Rigondeaux and his supporters). The bout that has everyone buzzing, however, is the 140 lb. showdown between unbeaten contenders Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios.

Original plans called for the arena to be configured for 5,000 seats. Early sales and overall ticket demand forced Top Rank and the event coordinators to open up the entire tennis stadium.

“Tickets are going unbelievably well,” noted Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum during a recent conference call to discuss the event. “This could be the biggest selling - or one of the biggest selling - events ever at the Home Depot Center. We’ve sold 5,000 seats as of now. We hope to have between 6,000-7,000 seats sold by the night of the fight.”

Oscar de la Hoya drew a sizeable crowd for his May ’08 points win over Steve Forbes, though that bout was staged at Home Depot Center’s soccer arena.

Capacity crowds for boxing events staged at the tennis stadium have been hard to come by. The last truly packed house came in March ’08 when Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez waged war in their epic third battle.

Should Top Rank’s estimates prove true, next Saturday’s affair will be the biggest crowd for the venue in more than four years.

Several notable events have taken place since then, including Donaire’s 122 lb. title unification win over Jeffrey Mathebula in July. Rios also has history with the venue, scoring a 3rd round knockout over Urbano Antillon last summer. The undefeated Californian was supposed to appear on the undercard of Donaire’s last fight, but was forced to withdraw after suffering an injury during training camp.

Neither of the aforementioned events sold particularly well, but the combination of anticipated fights and affordable tickets have made this event a hit with the buying public.

“If you give people quality, the people will respond,” Arum points out. “One thing we did was keep the ticket prices reasonable. All of the $150 level tickets are sold out. There are a few $100 tickets left and some at the $75 level as well as at the $35 ticket price.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by oscar_angels091 on 10-06-2012

[QUOTE=pbeer;12578663]I see, just trying to figure out what time to show up.. Tix say 4pm gates open, so im thinking undercards will start around 5pm?[/QUOTE] gates open at 4pm like you said, first fight around 4:45, tv fights at 7.…

Comment by liuj88 on 10-06-2012

[QUOTE=BabyFaceAssasin;12581412]Lol...damn that's drama right there. I think more filipinos have started following Boxing and Nonito has made a name for himself amongst both Filipinos and Boxing fans. I just expected more people to turn out for this.[/QUOTE] I do what…

Comment by liuj88 on 10-06-2012

[QUOTE=jsfd26;12579452]But do you think he will make it to where Pacquiao has? I don't as I stated before. He may be more talented but not nearly as exciting as Pacquiao. Not once do I remember hearing a boo at a…

Comment by BabyFaceAssasin on 10-05-2012

[QUOTE=liuj88;12579011]If I'm not mistaken, Nonito and his brother Glenn (also a professional boxer) have been trained in boxing by their father Nonito Sr. since they were children.The conflict with his family was caused by (1)his deciding to leave his father…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 10-05-2012

[quote=liuj88] Quote: Originally Posted by jsfd26 Idk the whole story behind it but something about he "disowned" his dad or something along those lines? Or something about he didn't wanna support them. I should add that I don't really care…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (28)
Top Headlines Daily Bread Mailbag: Crawford-Spence, Fantasy Matches, More DeGale: Mayweather-McGregor a Mismatch, But a Great Event Damon Jones vs. James Metcalf, British Eliminator Set, 10/21 Usyk vs. Huck: Otto Wallin vs. Timur Stark Added To The Card Euro News: Braehmer-Brant, Pawel Stepien, Pierre Madsen, More Andre Ward: We Could See Mayweather Win With BIG Knockout Pacquiao-Horn Funding Issue Resolved: Manny Plans To Fight Lomachenko-Rigondeaux Close For December 9 on ESPN Golovkin-Canelo and The Right Amount of 'Marinate' Andre Ward Warns Tony Bellew: This Ain't a Movie, This is Real! Cyborg Backs Mayweather To Win, Would Love To Enter Boxing Lennox Lewis: Mayweather Should Not Be 50-0, Fight is a Farce! McGregor: I'm Ready To Change The Face of The Fight Game Berto: If McGregor Beats Mayweather - It's a Big Blow To Boxing McGregor: Mayweather Would Need To Reincarnate Bruce Lee! Pacquiao-Horn: Funding Pulled Until Manny Commits To Rematch Andre Ward: Facing Anthony Joshua is NOT Off The Table! Video: Dillian Whyte Ready For Deontay Wilder, Discusses Future Andre Ward on Top Rank Rumors, Says HBO Contract is Up Yomar Alamo Blasts Zsigmond Vaas in One For WBC Youth Belt Sean Dodd Stops Antonio Horvatic In Tom Stalker Warm-Up Photos: Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Mike Alvarado Smash Opponents Lipinets Rips Indongo, Says IBF Title Was 'Stolen' From Him Crawford on Facing Pacquiao-Horn Winner Next: I'm All For It! Mayweather Not Focused on Surpassing Marciano's Mark of 49-0 Photos: Crawford Demolishes Indongo To Become Undisputed! Photos: Dillian Whyte, Bryant Jennings Blast Out Opponents Photos: Shakur Stevenson Dominates To Win Third FIght Joe Selkirk: I Came Back To Win a World Title Whyte: My Body Shots Would Make Wilder Fall in Three or Four! Video: Bryant Jennings Talks Wilder-Ortiz, Crawford, More Video: Andre Ward Talks Crawford, Kovalev, Stevenson, More Video: Teddy Atlas Talks Crawford, Lomachenko, Spence, More Golovkin's Trainer: If We Get Robbed With Canelo - It's Our Fault Cornflake Retires From Boxing After Winning WBC Latino Title Indongo: When Terence Crawford Hit Me - It Hurt So Bad! Pacquiao vs. Horn Rematch Negotiations Heat Up in Australia Maurice Hooker Continues Unbeaten Run, Defeats Jackson Clayton Laurent Wins Big in Pro Debut With a Knockout Terence Crawford Crushes Julius Indongo in Three To Unify
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement