Tix for Cloud-Erdei, Ramos-Rigo On Sale Saturday






World Championship Doubleheader Highlights Spectacular Fight Card

Co-Promoted by Don King Productions and Goossen Tutor Promotions

Tavoris Cloud Risks IBF Light Heavyweight Title Against Zsolt Erdei,

WBA Super Bantamweight Champ Rico Ramos Defends Against Guillermo Rigondeaux

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 22, 2011) – Fans looking to celebrate the New Year in perhaps the biggest, most significant fight card in the history of Orange County, Calif. – and the first at Anaheim Convention Center in nearly 32 years — will have the opportunity to reserve their seats beginning this Saturday, Nov. 26, when tickets for a Dec. 31 World Championship Doubleheader go on sale.

Tickets for what will be an exciting and memorable event co-promoted by Don King Productions and Goossen Tutor Promotions are priced at $25, $50, $75, $125 (VIP) and $175 (Gold Circle) and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com and the Anaheim Convention Box Office. The live card begins at 4 p.m. PT with the Ramos-Rigondeaux bout at 6 p.m. and the main event, Cloud-Erdei, immediately after.

The Gold Circle and VIP seating above will be available on the floor at ringside in the unique setting of round tablecloth tables that seat 10 people.  In addition to the event tickets, Don King Productions and Goossen Tutor are hosting a Private New Year's Eve Party at the Hilton Anaheim (next door to the arena) after the fights with dinner, music and dancing for an additional cost per ticket. 

Tickets for both the Championship Doubleheader event and the New Year's Eve party are $350 for Gold Circle table tickets and $250 for VIP table seating.   

The World Championship Doubleheader features four undefeated fighters with a combined record of 85-0 with 54 knockouts.

In the main event, International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (23-0, 19 KOs), of Tallahassee, Fla., will make his fourth title defense against former World Boxing Organization (WBO) 175-pound kingpin Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KOs), of Budapest, Hungary.

World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos (20-0, 11 KOs), of Whittier, Calif., will risk his belt for the first time when he faces the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games Gold Medalist and current World Boxing Association (WBA) interim champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs), of Miami, Fla., by way of Cuba.

This will be the first major boxing event at Anaheim Convention Center since Carlos “Sugar” De Leon scored a first-round knockout over Waldemar Paulino in a WBC cruiserweight eliminator on April 25, 1980.  Former world champion Rafael “Bazooka'' Limon also appeared on the card.

Popular Southern California light heavyweight Jesse Burnett highlighted the last event at Anaheim Convention Center on Dec. 3, 1980. Burnett also headlined on July 15, 1980, at the historic venue. Southland heavyweight John “The All American Boy'' Ellis also appeared on the card.

There have been a total of 15 fight cards at Anaheim Convention Center. The first, on July 13, 1967, featured East Los Angeles featherweight Dwight Hawkins.

Those who have fought one or more times at Anaheim Convention Center read like a boxing's Who's Who: Former world champions Bobby Chacon, Alfonso Zamora, Mike Weaver, Joey Olivo and Rodolfo Gonzalez, and other popular fighters such as Art Hafey, Mike Quarry, Ray “Windmill'' White, Frankie Crawford, Armando Muniz, Ruben Navarro, Hedgemon Lewis and Jimmy Heair.



Comment on this article


-the Roast :

I always wondered why there was never any boxing on New Years Eve. At a house party you got a bunch of people standing around waiting for midnight. Why not have a fight card? Somebody ought to do a big PPV, I bet it would do big numbers. Back in the 90's there were rumors of a third Holyfield-Tyson fight that was supposed to go down on New Years Eve. I knew it was BS. There was this idiot named Mancow on Chicago radio back then who started the rumor. I never listened to him. I was a Stern/Dahl/Brandmeier guy. Anyway, I'm glad to see some quality fights happen this year.

-brownsugar :

@ ROAST,........I was a lumper for a truck driver delivering shingles on rooftops,.. back in the 90's, the driver blasted Sterns so loudly that I thought my ear drums would burst. I asked him to turn down the speaker on the right side of the cab but he said it would ruin his listening experience.... I punched holes in the speaker with a screw driver later in the week....then told the boss what I'd done... He just laughed it off saying the driver has always been an asshole.... but I still hate Sterns to the very day.

-the Roast :

Aww come on B-Sug, Howard was the man! I dont blame you for taking out that speaker though. If you asked nicely and the guy was still a dick, what else could you do? What do you know about Erdei? I've read his name for years but I've never seen him in the ring. Looks like a good twin bill to me. I almost never go out on New Years Eve so I will be watching.