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Canelo-Kirkland: 35,000 Fans Expected at The Venue

By Steve Kim

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez makes his 2015 debut this weekend versus James Kirkland at the home of the Houston Astros, Minute Maid Park. And as usual, a large throng of fans his expected to be in attendance.

"We're doing great, I think we should get 35,000," said Mike Battah, the head of Leija-Battah Promotions, who is running this event locally with Golden Boy Promotions.

They caught a bit of break with the Los Angeles Clippers beating the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

"The Rockets are playing this weekend, they were going to be against the Spurs but now they're going to be in Los Angeles and they're gone this weekend so I believe we're going to have a great turnout and walk-up. They're playing on Friday and Sunday against the Clippers not San Antonio, which would've hurt us because it would've been two Texas cities," said Battah, who ran the promotion a few years back when 'Canelo' drew nearly 40,000 versus Austin Trout at the Alamadome in San Antonio.

And while the weather will be warm throughout the week in Houston, there is a chance of rain. Which wont be a problem come Saturday evening. Minute Maid Park has a retractable roof.

"It was always going to be closed since day one," explained Battah. "There was no open or closed conversation. It was going to be closed."

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by londoner on 05-06-2015

With Mayweather vs Pac you knew in advance that - whatever the outcome - Floyd would be in cat and mouse mode. That's what he does. Canelo vs Kirkland on the other hand - whatever the outcome - is going…

Comment by brownplayboy310 on 05-06-2015

This must have a big capacity because I just bought my ticket and there were plenty cheap ones left... I didn't want that **** though because I can't stand to be too far back. I shelled out $70 for some…

Comment by KO MX on 05-06-2015

lol only 35k ??? why not 100k ? not impressed

Comment by Baltimore on 05-06-2015

[QUOTE=Golden Boi 360;15651931]Why are people making fun of the 10 dollar tickets? First you complain that Floyd-Pac tickets wouldn't be bought by true boxing fans and now you complain that they're too cheap?[/QUOTE] This right here. I think having tickets…

Comment by ea22 on 05-06-2015

Man I wish the tickets were 10 dollars, I live in Houston so I was thinking of going, but the decent seats are not that cheap, and the good ones are actually somewhat expensive. I suppose I might settle for…

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