Brandon Rios, Charles Martin return this week, Donnie Nietes bids for three-weight glory

WBN 25/04/2017

Former world champion Brandon Rios steps between the ropes for the first time in 18 months on his birthday this Saturday night as ‘Bam Bam’ heads back to Mexico for the first time since 2009.

The California last graced the ring in a stoppage loss to Timothy Bradley in November 2015, a defeat that sadly represented a third defeat in five for the likeable and soon-to-be 31 year-old.

Many would argue Rios was lucky to be handed a disqualification against Diego Chaves when behind on the scorecards inbetween, meaning a win is badly need for the one-time lightweight ruler.

An opponent is yet to named for Rios who competes on the undercard of the Mexican grudge match between Ramon Alvarez and Omar Chavez, one week before their respective bothers Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. meet in Las Vegas.

Tuesday night sees ex-world heavyweight title holder Charles Martin begin his comeback from losing to Anthony Joshua in April 2016 as ‘Prince’ bids to launch a run at one of the current champions.

Finally, and back to Saturday night, Donnie Nietes aims to pick-up a third weight crown following reigns at 105 and 108 pounds respectively.

Heading up to the 112 pound limit for his latest win over Edgar Sosa, Nietes, 34, now battles Komgrich Nantapech for the vacant IBF flyweight title in Cebu City.

For a full look at this week’s fight schedule, visit here