Junior featherweight titlist Julio Cesar Ceja and Hugo Ruiz, who waged an exciting fight for a vacant world title last year, will meet in a rematch Feb. 27, organizers announced Wednesday.
Ceja and Ruiz will fight at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, in the co-feature of a "Showtime Championship Boxing" card (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET). The card will be headlined by the previously announced main event featuring Los Angeles-based Mexican Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KOs), 27, making the first defense of his featherweight world title against former junior featherweight titleholder Kiko Martinez (35-6, 26 KOs), 29, of Spain.
When Santa Cruz, who had relinquished his junior featherweight world title, moved up in weight and outpointed Abner Mares to win a vacant featherweight title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, Ceja (30-1, 27 KOs) knocked out Ruiz (35-3, 31 KOs) in the fifth round to win the vacant belt in the co-feature.
Ceja, 23, and Ruiz, 29, both from Mexico, will go at it once again on a Santa Cruz card and figure to deliver another action-packed fight.
"I'm very happy to fight again in Southern California on such a fantastic card," Ceja said. "In the first fight with Hugo Ruiz we had a sensational battle which ended with me coming out victorious, and I'm very confident that I will win again. I look forward to putting on another great show on Feb. 27."
In their Aug. 29 fight, Ruiz knocked Ceja down with a left hook in the third round, had him in major trouble and was leading on all three scorecards (40-35, 39-36 and 38-37) going into the fifth round, when Ceja came roaring back to score a punishing knockout and win a 122-pound world title.
The win was Ceja's sixth in a row. His only previous loss came in England in 2012, when he dropped a majority decision to Jamie McDonnell for a vacant bantamweight world title.
Neither Ceja nor Ruiz has fought since the August fight. Ruiz said he is happy to get the chance to avenge his defeat.
"I'm excited for the immediate rematch with Julio Ceja," Ruiz said. "I know that I had him badly hurt during our first fight and that I will be victorious on Feb. 27. I'd like to thank everyone involved for this great opportunity to avenge my loss."