A Saturday press conference is in the works for smack-talkers Adrien Broner and Paulie Malignaggi.
Lem's latest: Ramos tries to rebound against Esquivias
Former junior featherweight titleholder Rico Ramos will attempt to rebound from his first loss when he meets undefeated Efrain Esquivias on June 23.
Former junior featherweight titleholder Rico Ramos will return to the ring against Efrain Esquivias on June 23 in the main event of a five-bout card at the Sportsmans Lodge in Studio City, Calif., his promoter, Dan Goossen, announced on Thursday.
"The series is called Live At The Lodge, and it's the start of our series at The Sportsmen's Lodge," said Goossen. "That's been the heart of the San Fernando Valley since the late 1800s."
Ramos (20-1, 11 knockouts) is trying to rebound from being dethroned as WBA beltholder in January by sixth-round knockout against two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux.
He had earned the crown himself in July of last year against Akifumi Shimoda. Trailing on the cards and bleeding badly from a cut, with referee Benjy Esteves Jr. close to stopping the fight, Ramos rallied to score a seventh-round stoppage.
Esquivias, a California native, is 16-0 with nine knockouts.
Also on the card are lightweight John Molina (23-1, 19 KOs), light heavyweight Shawn Estrada (14-0, 12 KOs) and bantamweight Jessie Villanueva (2-0, 2 KOs) -- all of whom will face opppnents to be determined.
Junior bantamweight Matthew Villanueva (7-0-1, 7 KOs) will take on Austeberto Juarez (10-1, 2 KOs).
GOLDEN BOY SIGNS JOHAN PEREZ, JULIAN RAMIREZ
Golden Boy Promotions announced the signings of WBA interim junior welterweight beltholder Johan Perez (15-0-1, 12 KOs) and former amateur standout Julian Ramirez (2-0, 2 KOs), who will be in the ring on July 28 and June 2, respectively.
"I'm looking forward to defending my world title belt, especially on a nationally televised show once again. My goal has always been and remains to fight the best and unify the world light heavyweight title," said Shumenov, a 28-year-old 2008 Kazakhstan Olympian, as well as an attorney and boxing promoter with his brother, Chingis Shumenov.
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