SANTA ANA, CALIF. - Local hometown hero and former world title challenger Ronny Rios (29-2, 13 KOs) and explosive Armenian contender Azat "Crazy A" Hovhannisyan (13-2, 10 KOs) hosted a media workout at TKO Boxing Club in Santa Ana, CA ahead of their 10-round super bantamweight clash on the March 9 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. Photos by Lina Baker.
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 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 PT.
Younger sibling to Ronny Rios and hot welterweight prospect, Alexis "Lex" Rocha (10-0, 7 KOs) also participated in the workout, and will be featured in an eight-round welterweight co-main event against Miguel "La Amenaza" Dumas (10-1, 7 KOs). Mexico City's L.A. transplant Marvin Cabrera (6-0, 5 KOs) will be facing Tamaulipas, Mexico's Sergio "Marino" Gonzalez (6-4, 2 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round super welterweight fight that will open the card.
RONNY RIOS, Super Bantamweight Contender:
"After fighting for a world title, it feels a little different. I feel stronger and more motivated to get even further than what I accomplished and to become a world champion.
"Azat [Hovhannisyan] has a lot of heart. He comes forward a lot. We've seen a lot of strengths and weaknesses on tape. I can't reveal too much, but we have a lot of different game plans. There's no added pressure being the main event. I feel the determination to go in there and execute.
"I think this event will sell out. This is a fight city. After this fight I want anyone with a belt."
AZAT HOVHANNISYAN, WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight Champion:
"I'm switching things up a bit. I just started to train with Freddie Roach, and I've noticed a change.
"Ronny Rios is a great fighter, but I know what I need to do in the ring to win. I'm going to continue training hard and we'll see what the future holds."