Notes: Martinez fine with fighting in Berchelt's hometown

Junior lightweight titleholder Roman Martinez will face mandatory challenger Miguel Berchelt. AP Photo/Gregory Payan

A few notes from around the boxing world:

  • Junior lightweight titlist Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs), of Puerto Rico, said he has no problem traveling to Merida, Mexico, the hometown of mandatory challenger Miguel Berchelt (28-1, 25 KOs), whom he will fight on March 12 (beIN Sports Espanol), rather than face rival Orlando Salido for the third time after their talks fell through. "I'm always training and when plans changed, there was no fight against Salido and I was told the fight was against Berchelt, there was no problem,” Martinez said. "I am relaxed because I have traveled to China, Scotland, many places to fight. So we are now going to Mexico. I have the experience and I'm prepared. I know Berchelt is a guy who comes to fight, but I know when I put my hands on him, he will fall. He is a good fighter, but he always fights in Mexico.”

  • Jim Ross, the famed WWE broadcaster, will turn his attention to boxing part time. He will handle blow-by-blow duties for the first of eight planned 2016 cards of the D’s “Knockout Night at the D” series, which will take place at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The kickoff show is March 12 (CBS Sports Net). Ross will team with analyst Al Bernstein and former featherweight titleholder Kevin Kelley to call the card headlined by the return of former welterweight and junior welterweight titleholder Zab Judah (42-9, 29 KOs), who meets Josh Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight. The bout will be Judah’s first since a decision loss to Paulie Malignaggi in December 2013.

  • Junior middleweight Sergey Ranchenko (27-1, 20 KOs), 30, of Belarus, who recently signed with manager Al Haymon and promoter Warriors Boxing, has his eyes on fighting in the United States following a third-round knockout win Friday night in England, where he is trained by Ricky Hatton. The win was Rabchenko’s second straight since a split decision loss to Anthony Mundine in Mundine’s native Australia in November 2014. “It was good to get back in the ring and show people what I am capable of,” Rabchenko said. “I only boxed once last year, but I feel sharper than ever and it showed. I am back and I am hungry. I am firing again and I know I can go onto be a world champion. Although I still think I beat Anthony Mundine, the result has made me a better fighter. My desire and determination has been made stronger than ever and I want to prove it against the best American boxers. I think I have the perfect style for American fans because I am aggressive and I throw a lot of punches. They like that, and I hope they will like me.”