A few notes from around the boxing world:
Lightweight Luis Ramos Jr. (25-2, 10 KOs), 27, of Santa Ana, California, has signed a multiyear promotional agreement with Top Rank. “I feel very happy of where I am at right now,” said the Frank Espinoza-managed Ramos, who won two fights in 2015 following back-to-back losses that prompted a two-year layoff. “I am with a great organization that knows how to handle their fighters. They know what they are doing and that is why they have been in the sport for so many years. The same day I signed, my wife announced that a baby was on its way. Now I have to work harder. My dream is to fight for a world title. That is my dream, and I know I’m closer to fighting for a championship, but I still feel I need a couple of more fights before that.” Ramos’ biggest win came in 2012, a unanimous decision against contender Raymundo Beltran. His first bout with Top Rank is tentatively scheduled for April 2.
Russian light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev, 31, a two-time Olympian who fights out of Montreal, has recovered from a right shoulder injury and subsequent surgery, according to promoter Yvon Michel, who expects him to return in March or April. Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) had been scheduled to fight in a world title eliminator against probable opponent Igor Mikhalkin for the right to become one of unified titleholder Sergey Kovalev’s mandatory challengers. The fight was slated to take place on Nov. 28 in Quebec City on a Showtime-televised card, but Beterbiev withdrew because of the injury. He has not fought since last June.
Interim flyweight titleholder Stamp Kiatniwat (14-0, 6 KOs), an 18-year-old from Thailand, was scheduled to face Gregorio Lebron (13-3, 11 KOs), 33, of the Dominican Republic, in a rematch this past Friday in Bangkok, Thailand. However, a highly unusual situation arose on fight day. The bout’s major sponsor failed to pay its tab -- after missing several deadlines -- and the fight was postponed an hour before it was supposed to begin, according to the Bangkok Post. The fight has been rescheduled for Wednesday.