Junior lightweight Ronny Rios will face Andrew Cancio on April 14 in a Golden Boy Live! show from the UIC Pavillion in Chicago on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.
The 24-year-old Rios (22-0, 10 knockouts), of Santa Ana, Calif., was last in the ring winning a unanimous decision over Jose Angel Beranza last September. Among Rios' victories is a unanimous decision over former titleholder Rico Ramos in January of last year.
"This type of matchup is what the Golden Boy Live! series was created for and in Ronny Rios vs. Andrew Cancio, we could be seeing a fight where the winner goes on to eventually become a world champion," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Both of these young men know what's at stake in this fight and it's going to be a good one."
The 25-year-old Cancio (15-2-2, 11 KOs) is coming off a July victory over Jerry Belmontes, who unanimously decisioned previously unbeaten Will Tomlinson earlier this month. Cancio has won seven of his last eight bouts, including a unanimous decision over former title challenger Rocky Juarez in June 2012.
"We're happy to once again be partnering with Oscar De la Hoya, Richard Schaefer and Golden Boy Promotions for this world-class boxing event," said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. "Events like these are outstanding entertainment for fans while showcasing the great city of Chicago to the world."
Others bouts on the card include lightweight Jose Arambula (6-0, 3 KOs) against David Diaz (4-0-1, 2 KOs), and 19-year-old lightweight Jose Felix Quezada (1-0, 1 KO) against an opponent to be determined.
MONTE BARRETT TO FACE LUIS ORTIZ ON APRIL 3 'NIGHT OF HEAVYWEIGHTS'
Former heavyweight title challenger Monte Barrett (35-10-2, 20 KOs) will face Luis Ortiz (20-0, 17 KOs) on the April 3 edition of Golden Boy Live! and its "Night of The Heavyweights" at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
To be televised on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes, Barrett-Ortiz will be part of a triple-header whose co-main event features Gerald Washington (11-0, 8 KOs) against Skipp Scott (16-1, 10 KOs), along with Dominic Breazeale (9-0, 9 KOs) against Nagy Aguilera (19-7, 13 KOs).
Fight fans in attendance at Fantasy Springs will be treated to former contender Gerry Cooney as a VIP guest.
MIKE TYSON'S PROMOTIONAL COMPANY SETS UP IN BROOKLYN
Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson's Iron Mike Productions (IMP) and Gleason's Gym are joining forces in efforts to revitalize the New York boxing scene.
Tyson often trained during his youth at Gleason's Gym, which will now serve as headquarters for IMP to recruit local amateur fighters aspiring to enter the pro ranks. IMP plans to officially open its office doors at its new location in April.
"The combination of Gleason's Gym and Mike Tyson is sure to make an impact in the boxing community," said Bruce Silverglade, owner of Gleason's Gym, the oldest boxing gym in the United States. "The recruitment center will be a magnet for top prospects from around the world."
The launching will come in advance of the semifinal and final rounds of the 2014 Daily News Golden Gloves, an annual amateur boxing tournament. The finals will take place April 16 and 17 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
PAULIE MALIGNAGGI JOINS THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD OBESITY
Two-division title winner Paulie Malignaggi, who will challenge IBF 147-pound beltholder Shawn Porter on April 19, will be on hand at Gleason's Gym in his native Brooklyn to present the Knockout Obesity charity with a $25,000 check on March 25, the organization has announced.
The mission of Knockout Obesity is to target and combat childhood obesity in Brooklyn by providing nutritional and physical education in existing community centers.