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Santa Ana, California's Ronny Rios was sailing to the top of the division before an upset loss to the number one contender for the WBC Featherweight title Robinson "Robin Hood" Castellanos in Oct of 2014.
Known as one of the most decorated amateurs to hit the boxing scene in recent years, National Golden Gloves and two-time U.S. Amateur Champion, Ronny Rios, has solidified a successful professional career. The Santa Ana, California native has been frequently compared to a young Oscar de la Hoya for his style and speed in the ring. Rios joined the roster of Golden Boy Promotions in July of 2009. “I'm very flattered to be here and excited to perform for Golden Boy Promotions as they are the biggest promoter in the sport today,” said Rios. “I feel that there is a lot expected of me right now and I'm ready to meet those expectations”.
Prior to joining Golden Boy, Rios held a 5-0 record including two KOs that he earned over the span of just under seven months. After a win over Rodrigo Aranda in California on July 30, 2009, as well as two back to back KOs in September 2009 and October 2009, Rios returned to action at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Jan. 29, 2010. There, Rios was nearly flawless as he scored a six round unanimous decision over Willshaun Boxley.
Beginning with an impressive KO victory over Andres Ladesma in the fifth round of the fight at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on March 25, 2010, Rios obtained a substantial undefeated win streak; in which he won all 13 fights he participated in from 2010 to 2014.
Rios faced his first loss on Oct. 10, 2014 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif., where he was knocked out by Robinson Castellanos in the fifth round. Thereafter, Rios continued to build his career with a win over Sergio Frias on March 20, 2015 in California and a victory over Jayson Velez in Nevada on Nov. 21, 2015. Rios then persisted with a KO win over Efrain Esquivias in the second round at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 3, 2016. Rios last appearance in the ring was at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio on Dec. 16, 2016, where stopped Roy Tapia.
Rios will return to the ring on the highly anticipated Canelo versus Chavez, Jr. Cinco de Mayo weekend, where he will be on the undercard of the May 6 fight, live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.