A Showtime-televised, Jan. 20 bout between two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux and undefeated WBA junior featherweight titleholder Rico Ramos, to be held at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, will be announced today by Goossen Tutor Promotions, promotoer Dan Goossen told RingTV.com.
Rigondeaux-Ramos was rescheduled from New Year’s Eve after a hand injury suffered by Hungarian Zsolt Erdei forced the cancellation of his clash with IBF light heavyweight titleholder Tavoris Cloud.
Rigondeaux-Ramos was to be the co-feature.
The 31-year-old Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 knockouts) won the WBA’s interim belt by split-decision in November over Ricardo Cordoba on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s unanimous decision over Antonio Margarito. His most recent win was a first-round knockout of Willie Casey (12-1, 8 KOs) in March.
The 24-year-old Ramos (20-0, 11 KOs) is coming off a seventh-round knockout of former WBA titleholder Akifumi Shimoda (23-3-1, 10 KOs) in July.
Rigondeaux is considered one of the world’s all-time great amateur boxers in Cuba before he defected to the United States.
Also on the Rigondeaux-Ramos undercard are middleweight Brandon Gonzales (15-0, 10 KOs) and, junior bantamweight Matt Villanueva (6-0-1, 6 KOs). Gonzales will face Caleb Traux (18-0-1, 10 KOs), and Villanueva, Michael Ruiz (8-1-1, 3 KOs).
ESPN.com first reported the card.
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