Before top bantamweight contender Abner Mares takes on Colombian veteran Felipe Almanza in the ten round main event of the March 25 edition of the hit series "Fight Night Club" this Thursday night, the next generation of boxing stars will take to the ring at L.A. Live's Club Nokia for another action-packed night of fistic fireworks.
Heading up the televised undercard on Fox Sports Net and RingTV.com will be a six round clash between unbeaten Santa Ana product Ronny Rios against the always-tough Andres Ledesma, and a four round junior featherweight matchup between Derrick Wilson and Adam Ochoa.
Santa Ana, California's Ronny Rios (9-0, 4 KO's) is a veteran of the "Fight Night Club" series and he brings a growing fan-base to each bout in his backyard of Los Angeles. That's no surprise given the talent that has earned him a perfect professional record.
Rios kicked off 2010 with his first Las Vegas appearance in January, when he outpointed Willshaun Boxley in his toughest test to date. He's looking to make it two wins in a row this year on March 25 when he takes on the always-rugged Colombian veteran Andres Ledesma (15-16-1, 10 KO's), owner of a 2007 knockout win over highly touted prospect Gary Stark Jr. and a fighter who has been a stiff test for many of the game's top prospects.
A native of Fort Myers, Florida, junior featherweight Derrick Wilson (5-1-1, 2 KO's) returns to action on March 25 and the 21-year-old is eager to repeat the success of his last "Fight Night Club" appearance in July of 2009, when he knocked out previously unbeaten Charles Huerta in just 59 seconds. Looking to score an upset of his own is Amarillo, Texas' Adam Ochoa (2-1, 1 KO), whose three professional opponents thus far have boasted a combined record of 12-2.
Also back in the ring this week will be Los Angeles junior middleweight Aaron Martinez (11-1-1, 3 KO's), who will put his three-fight winning streak on the line in a six round bout against rugged Las Vegas veteran Pablo Montes De Oca (9-18-2, 6 KO's).
Another LA native making an appearance at "Fight Night Club" is debuting welterweight David Aleman who will enter the professional ring for the first time in a four round clash against fellow first time professional boxer Gerald Fisher of Atlanta, Georgia.
In light heavyweight action scheduled for six rounds, Ukraine native Anatoliy Dudchenko (7-2, 5 KO's) looks to extend his five-fight winning streak against hard-hitting Wisconsinite Harley Kilfian (8-4, 7 KO's).
Opening up the show in a four round super middleweight fight will be Roger Mayweather-trained Dion Savage (6-0, 4 KO's) of Flint, Michigan who will risk his perfect record against Los Angeles's Danny Stainislavjevic (8-17-4, 4 KO's).
"Fight Night Club" is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and AEG and is sponsored by DeWalt Tools, McDonald's, Budweiser and Powerade. The series will return to L.A. Live's Club Nokia on April 22, May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30, October 28 and November 18.
The fights will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net (FSN) and its regional sports network affiliates (check local listings) and will be streamed live online at www.RingTV.com beginning at 8:00pm PT. Doors open at 6:00pm PT and the first bell rings at 7:00pm PT
Tickets, priced at $250 (VIP On-Stage Seats, which are limited to only ten per show and allow purchasers to sit ringside on Club Nokia's stage near VIP's attending the fight [De La Hoya, Mosley, etc.], receive an autographed boxing glove and provide buyers access to the Club Nokia VIP Room [must be 21 years of age and over]), $100 (VIP Front Row Balcony Seats which grant buyers access to the Club Nokia VIP Room [must be 21 years of age and over]), $60 (VIP Balcony Seats which grant buyers access to the Club Nokia VIP Room [must be 21 years of age and over]) and $19.75 (General Admission: Floor Standing Room & Balcony Seats), are on sale now and may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 online at http://www.ticketmaster.comor thru any Ticketmaster outlet or the STAPLES Center box office. Group tickets and full series tickets at a discounted rate are also available by calling 1-877-AEG TICKETS (1-877-234-8425).