Oscar De La Hoya Donates New Gear to Grampa’s Boxing Gym

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LOS ANGELES (Nov. 2, 2015) Olympic gold medalist and 10-time world champion in six weight divisions Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, presented new-state-of-the-art boxing equipment valued at thousands of dollars to the youth of Grampa’s Boxing Gym on Friday, Oct. 30, to encourage the youth to continue in their training and lead positive lives away from gang activity and violence.

 

Also at the giveaway, De La Hoya honored California Municipal Finance Authority as the 2015 Corporate Partner of the Year for his namesake foundation in recognition of their commitment to serving youth in Southern California.

 

“One of our goals is to invest in the youth of the community so we are happy to contribute and support the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation in its mission and participate by acting locally,” said Bob Adams, board member for the California Municipal Finance Authority. “The best way to make our communities stronger is to invest in the youth and their future.”

 

This was the third annual boxing equipment giveaway the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation has hosted for after-school youth programs. The Foundation, with the support of its corporate partner of the year California Municipal Finance Authority and Everlast, is donating new, state-of-the-art boxing equipment to five gyms in Southern California that serve youth in economically disadvantaged communities plagued by gang and drug violence. The equipment will help these local gyms to provide youth in their communities with an opportunity to engage in boxing as an after-school program alternative to gang activities. Recipients of the Foundation’s boxing equipment donations this giving season include Southern California-based boxing gyms Grampa’s Boxing Gym in Westminster, Azusa Boxing Gym in Azusa, Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles, Azteca Boxing Club in Bell and Lugo Fitness Center in Cudahy.

 

In 1995, De La Hoya started his namesake Foundation to help improve the quality of life for those living in disadvantaged communities. The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation supports the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School, the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center and the Oscar De La Hoya Labor and Delivery Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (both located at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles) as well as numerous after-school programs that help guide young people toward leading positive lives and away from the circumstances of gang violence, juvenile delinquency, and substance abuse.

Photos: Matthysse – Postol Weigh-In

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Photos/Quotes: Lucas Matthysse Final Media Workout

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MATTHYSSE WILL FACE VIKTOR POSTOL FOR THE VACANT WBC WORLD SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP ONSATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 AT THE STUBHUB CENTER AND LIVE ON HBO BOXING AFTER DARK

 

CO-MAIN EVENT FIGHTER HUMBERTO SOTO AND UNDERCARD FIGHTERS MERCITO GESTA AND NICK ARCE ALSO ATTENDED

Photo Credit: Golden Boy Promotions

 

LOS ANGELES (September 30, 2015) Just days ahead of his October 3 battle against Viktor “The Iceman” Postol(27-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC World Super Lightweight Championship, Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles media workout at The Rock Gym in Carson, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 30. He was joined by his promoter, the Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya along with co-main event fighter and former three-division world champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico; and fighters featured on the non-televised undercard including former Lightweight World Title contender Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (28-1-2, 16 KOs) and Los Angeles fan-favorite Nick Arce (4-0, 4 KOs).

 

In the co-main event on Oct. 3, Soto will take on undefeated contender Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (22-0, 15 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. in a career defining 10-round super lightweight showdown.

 

Also on Oct. 3, undercard fighter Arceis scheduled to fight in a six-round featherweight bout against Juan “Juanito” Hernandez (3-0) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. In addition,Gesta will face three-time world title challenger Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (32-9-1, 16 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico, in a classic Philippines vs. Mexico 10-round lightweight bout.

 

Here is what the fighters and their promoter had mmto say about their upcoming fights on Oct. 3 just days before the big event:

 

Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse,Former Interim WBC Super Lightweight World Champion:

“My inspiration is to be a world champion, to fight the best fights. That’s inspiration for me.

 

“I have wanted to be a world champion since I was a little boy and Saturday night I will have the chance to make this dream come true.

 

“I am very happy to be fighting in the Los Angeles area for this fight. It is a great honor for me to have the support of the Latin people here in the United States, coming all the way from Argentina.”

 

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:

“Viktor Postol is a lanky, tall fighter with some great knock outs under his belt and is being trained by Freddie Roach, which I know will get him in great shape. Matthysse with have his hands full with Postol.

 

“After the 3rd, 4th round, I can see it being a brawl. I can see Lucas Matthysse having to chase down Postol and do some damage. When have you ever seen a boring Lucas Matthysse fight? It’s going to be a fun, action-packed fight.”

 

HUMBERTO “LA ZORRITA” SOTO,Former Three-Division World Champion:

“It’s going to be a good fight, youth against experience. I think the people who see this fight are going to be the real winners.

 

“Nothing personal against Antonio Orozco, but I do believe experience will beat youth on Saturday.

 

“This fight will steal the show because when you put two Mexicans in a ring, they come to fight.”

 

MERCITO “NO MERCY” GESTA, Former World Title Contender:

 

“Right now, I know I’m in good shape and 100 percent healthy, so expect a really good fight because Martin Honorio pushes hard and has good form. It’s going to be a good fight.

 

“I’m training hard for Saturday night and am really proud to represent my country of the Philippines.”

NICK ARCE, Top Featherweight Prospect:

“I’m staying focused, staying on my weight, ready for Friday and ultimately give a great show on Saturday at the StubHub Center.

 

“There’s a lot of great featherweights out there, and we’re just focusing on our careers. Slowly but surely so when we get to the top, we’ll see who’s there and take them out later on. Golden Boy is one of the great promotional businesses out here right now, and I’m honored to be on the team.”

 

Tickets for Matthysse vs. Postol are priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, and on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com, 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.

 

Matthysse vs. Postol is a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC World Super Lightweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion and is sponsored by Corona and Mexico – Live it To Believe It!. Doors open at 2:00pm PT and fight times will be announced soon. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins at 10:15 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT.

 

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