A few notes from around the boxing world:
Middleweight Willie Monroe Jr. (19-2, 6 KOs), who parlayed winning the 20014 ESPN Boxcino tournament into a world title shot, will fight on Jan. 29 in Elk Grove, Illinois. Promoter Artie Pelullo told ESPN.com that he made a deal with promoter Bobby Hitz to put Monroe on his card in an eight-round bout. Pelullo said they are still trying to sign an opponent. The fight will be the first for Monroe, 29, of Rochester, New York, since he challenged world titleholder Gennady Golovkin at the Forum in Inglewood, California, in May and got knocked out in the sixth round. Welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (28-0, 15 KOs), 21, of Washington, D.C., is also on the card against Angel Hernandez (17-16-1, 13 KOs), 31, of Gary, Indiana, in an eight-rounder.
Bantamweight titleholder Shinsuke Yamanaka (24-0-2, 17 KOs), 33, of Japan, who has held his belt since 2011, will make his 10th defense when he faces former junior bantamweight titleholder Liborio Solis (23-3-1, 10 KOs), 33, of Venezuela, on March 4 at Shimazu Arena in Kyoto, Japan, Teiken Boxing announced. Solis will be boxing in Japan for the third. He won twice there in 2013, winning a junior bantamweight from Kohei Kono by majority decision and then winning a split decision against Daiki Kameda in what was supposed to be a title unification fight but Solis was stripped for failing to make weight. Also on the card, junior flyweight titleholder Yu Kimura (18-2-1, 3 KOs), 32, of Japan, will make his first defense when he faces Ganigan Lopez (26-6, 17 KOs), 34, of Mexico. Kimura upset Mexico’s Pedro Guevara by split decision to win the belt in November. Guevara outpointed Lopez in a defense last July.
Golden Boy announced a slate of dates for it’s “LA Fight Club” series, which airs on Estrella TV, at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The new season kicks off Jan. 29 with additional cards scheduled for Feb. 19, March 4, April 1 and April 15. The Jan. 19 card is headlined by East Los Angeles featherweight prospect Julian Ramirez (15-0, 8 KOs) against San Diego’s Christopher Martin (28-6-3, 9 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout.