Verdejo, Brook plan ring returns

A few notes from around the boxing world:

• Puerto Rican lightweight Felix Verdejo, the 2014 ESPN.com prospect of the year, will make his 2015 debut on Feb. 28 in Tampa, Florida, in the main event of a UniMas-televised card, Top Rank’s Carl Moretti told ESPN.com on Tuesday. The 21-year-old Verdejo (16-0, 12 KOs) will fight in a scheduled eight-round bout against an opponent to be determined. Moretti said that 20-year-old junior welterweight prospect Julian Rodriguez (8-0, 7 KOs), of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, will open the telecast in an eight-rounder against an opponent to be determined.

• Welterweight titlist Kell Brook and promoter Eddie Hearn will host a news conference on Monday in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England, to announce his first title defense. They are not yet divulging the opponent or date; they've only said it will at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield in March, although it likely will be March 28. Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) outpointed Shawn Porter in Carson, California, to claim the title in August. However, a defense late last year was canceled after Brook suffered a stab wound while on vacation in Spain in September.

• Super middleweight prospect Luis Arias (10-0, 4 KOs), a 24-year-old from Milwaukee who recently had a falling out with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and was released by Mayweather Promotions late last year, has signed with advisers Rick Torres and Gaby Penagaricano (who is best known as the attorney for Miguel Cotto and Timothy Bradley Jr.).