Welterweight Brandon Rios is short an opponent for his return to the ring on September 22nd and Roberto Garcia is ready to step right in.
“I’m ready to go,” said Garcia. “I’ve just finished a two-week sparring session with Shawn Porter, so I’m itching to return to the ring against Rios. Let’s make it happen.”
Both Rios (34-4-1, 25 KOs) and Garcia (41-4, 24 KOs) are coming off losses. Rios got stopped by Danny Garcia in the 9th round on Feb. 17 and Garcia lost a unanimous decision and his silver middleweight title to Martin Murray on June 23.
“Garcia has always wanted to fight Rios,” said manager Lee Holliday. “It’s an intriguing fight of former champions. I have spoke to the WBC about Garcia fighting for the 154 pound WBC Silver Belt and received an absolute yes that they would endorse Roberto Garcia for that challenge. Winning the WBC Welterweight Silver belt would certainly open the doors to face WBC current champion, Jermell Charlo.”
IN OTHER NEWS: Yemen-born boxer Muheeb Fazeldin has signed a promotional deal with Frank Warren. The 25-year-old, who resides in Sheffield, has so far maintained an undefeated record as a professional which has seen him victorious twelve times with a solitary draw.
“The professional boxing scene has always been the route I wanted to go.”
Despite Fazeldin’s ambition of turning to the professional ranks, the Sheffield man still went on to have a successful stint in the amateurs.
“I did well as an amateur; I won CYP titles, five Yorkshire titles and then went on to represent England.
"I turned pro not long after my 19th birthday and since day one I have worked hard and grafted my way to the position I am in today. This is a dream come true signing for Frank Warren.”
Fazeldin, who fights at super-bantamweight, is trained by Brian O’Shaughnessy at the Koolbox gym in East London where he trains with the likes of Umar Sadiq, Lawrence Okolie and Dan Azeez.
In the past it was Ali Hamed, brother of British boxing legend Prince Naseem Hamed, who was Fazeldin’s tutor.