RONNY RIOS, RICO RAMOS TO APPEAR IN SEPARATE BOUTS ON SEPT. 7TH
Press Release: With a 21-0 record, Santa Ana's Ronny Rios is looking for a featherweight title shot. On Saturday, Sept. 7th, he will box on the undercard at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. before Showtime takes to the airwaves. "I always enjoy fighting at home, especially on a card like this with so many great fighters," said Rios, who will face Mexico City's Jose Angel "Pepe" Beranza (36-27-2) in a ten-round featherweight bout. "But every time I'm in there, I'm looking to steal the show and this time will be no different."
The Showtime telecast features a twelve-round clash of heavyweight contenders between Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KOs) and Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (34-3, 30 KOs) and a ten-round featherweight meeting between Mexican superstar Rafael Marquez (41-8, 37 KOs) and California's Efrain Esquivias (16-2-1, 9 KOs).
Also joining Rios in undercard action will be ex-WBA 122-pound titlist Rico "Suavecito" Ramos and undefeated Puerto Rican prospect Carlos Velasquez, who will meet in a ten-round featherweight match.
Junior welterweight Lucas "The Machine" Matthysse is scheduled to meet and greet fans. His appearance comes just one week before his world championship challenge against Danny Garcia on on Sept. 14th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
A respected spoiler who has ended the unbeaten runs of Juan Carlos Velasquez and Jesus Rojas over the years, Jose Angel "Pepe" Beranza (36-27-2, 28 KOs) has been a pro since 1996.
Ramos (21-3, 11 KOs) is hoping to get back on track after losing back-to-back decisions to Rios and Oscar Gonzalez in 2013. That shouldn't be an issue for the talented 26-year-old, whose slick boxing style has drawn raves from throughout the fight world. "This is a must-win fight for me and I will win it," said Ramos. "Velasquez has a lot of tools, but he's never seen a fighter like me and he hasn't fought the level of competition I have. September 7th is the night I begin the journey to get my title back."
Back on track after more than two years away from the sport, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico's Carlos Velasquez (15-0, 11 KOs) has won two straight since his return in late 2012, decisioning Roberto Bonilla and Giorgi Mtchedlishvili. "This is the kind of fight I really get up for and I guarantee the fans will see me at my best," said Velasquez. "Ramos is a former world champion and you have to respect that, but I won't respect him in the ring on September 7th. I look forward to making Puerto Rico proud by becoming their next champion."
In other undercard action, junior middleweights Angel Osuna (11-3-1, 7 KOs) of Coachella and Juan Gonzalez (8-0, 4 KOs) of Phoenix collide in an eight-round contest, Houston welterweight prospect Justin DeLoach (3-0), Coachella featherweight Ryan Caballero (1-0) and LA featherweight Joet Gonzalez (4-0) return to action in separate four round bouts against opponents to be named and junior lightweights Ricky Lopez (9-2) of Oxnard and Pablo Batres (3-7-1) of Sonora, Mexico meet in a matchup also scheduled for four rounds.
Tickets are available at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com