A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Featherweight Ronny Rios, a rising contender on the verge of fighting for a world title, suffered an upset fifth-round knockout to Robinson Castellanos in October. Now Rios is on the comeback trail and slated for his fight since that stunner. Rios (23-1, 10 KOs), 25, of Santa Ana, California, will face Mexico’s Jesus Navarro (23-9-1, 16 KOs) on March 20 (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes) at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, Golden Boy announced on Friday. The fight is the co-feature on the card headlined by Mexican junior middleweight Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs), a two-time world challenger and for star of “The Contender” reality series, taking on Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs).
• Lightweight contender Sharif Bogere (26-1, 18 KOs) and Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (23-1, 18 KOs) will square off on April 11 (PPV) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on the undercard of junior lightweight titlist Orlando Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs), of Mexico, defending against Puerto Rico’s Roman "Rocky" Martinez (28-2-2, 17 KOs), the former titleholder, PR Best Boxing Promotions announced Friday. Bogere, from Uganda but living in Las Vegas, suffered his only loss in a world title fight, losing a decision to Richar Abril in Las Vegas in March 2013. Gonzalez’s only loss was also in a world title fight in May 2013. He faced Ricky Burns in Burns’ home country of Scotland and was winning but quit because of a wrist injury after the ninth round.
• Junior featherweight prospect Joseph Diaz (14-0, 9 KOs), a 2012 U.S. Olympian, got a new opponent this week for his 10-round bout that will headlined the debut of Golden Boy’s revived “LA Fight Club” series on March 6 (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes, 10 p.m. ET) at the sold-out Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Diaz, of South El Monte, California, will face Mexico’s Juan Luis Hernandez (17-4-1, 9 KOs) after Geovanny Delgado dropped out.
(BULLET)Promoters Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and Oswaldo Kuchle of Promociones Del Pueblo proudly announced that they have renewed their promotional agreement with Mexico’s Hugo Ruiz (35-2, 31 KOs), 28, a former interim bantamweight titlist with a fan-friendly style. Ruiz is now fighting as a junior featherweight. "I am very happy that Hugo Ruiz has decided to stay loyal to us and I expect he will be world champion in his new division very soon," Lewkowicz said. "He is a very exciting fighter with the power to make every fight exciting."