BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA - As an amateur fighter, Ronny Rios, 28, won a National Golden Gloves, and two United States Nation Bantamweight Championships. Now, he is a professional athlete, signed to Golden Boy Promotions, a boxing promotional firm, representing some of the biggest names in the sport of boxing, such as, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Jorge "El Nino De Oro" Linares, and Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse. Ronny Rios, 29-2-13 KOs, made his debut on October 24, 2008 at the DoubleTree By Hilton in Ontario, California against Fermin Perez, 0-3-0, winning by a technical knockout. The pride of Santa Ana, California, Ronny Rios, fought Rey Vargas, 31-0-0, on August 26, 2017 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California for the WBC World Super Bantamweight title, but, tasted his second defeat, losing by a 12 round unanimous decision. However, Ronny Rios doesn't give a [expletive], and is returning to the ring to fight Azat "Crazy A" Hovhannisyan, 13-2, 10 KOs, for his WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight Title.
Azat "Crazy A" Hovhannisyan, 13-2, 10 KOs, made his debut April 4, 2011 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California against Juan Reyes, 14-4, 3 KOs. Since then, Azat Hovhannisyan has had a total of 13 fights, which includes capturing the vacant WBC Continental Americas super bantamweight title on September 23, 2017 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Azat Hovhannisyan defeated Sergio Frias by a unanimous decision that night, and now, Rios vs. Hovhannisyan, will be the main event of the March 9 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. ESPN Deportes will air the fights beginning at 9:00 ET/6:00 p.m. PT and on ESPN2 at midnight ET/9:00 p.m. PT. ESPN 3 will live stream the fights beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/ 4:30 PT.
Ronny Rios was unavailable for comment, but, Roberto Diaz, cancer survivor and top match-maker, Golden Boy Promotions, had this to say, "This is a fight for all the fans - a true can't miss. Expect non/stop action!"
Shawn W. Anderson