Humberto Soto and Julio Ceja top February 9 Sonora card

Three-weight titlist Humberto Soto returns to the light-welterweight limit for the first time since his crushing loss to Lucas Matthysee when the Mexican faces Silverio Ortiz at the Itson Arena in Sonora next month.

The 32 year-old, who shone at the lower weights before moving up to 140, was blasted out by the rugged Argentinian in five rounds and has since come back win a win at welterweight.

‘La Zorrita’ now looks set for an extended run at light-welterweight, with 13-loss Ortiz likely to be seen as a way to ease the former WBC champion back into division ahead of tougher challenges.

Soto has been linked to an April bout with Amir Khan in the UK in some circles, although nothing is confirmed from either camp as the Sinaloa-born technician looks for his 60th career victory.

In chief support on the February 9 card, ‘WBN Prospect of 2013’ Julio Ceja battles Nicaraguan Henry Maldonado for a fringe WBC bantamweight belt with a 22nd knockout in 24 contests in sight for the unbeaten 20 year-old.