A few notes from around the boxing world:
•Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Tyson Fury, who are set to meet in a much-anticipated showdown on Oct. 24 (HBO) at the 55,000-seat ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany, will meet head to head for the first time on Tuesday at the kickoff news conference in the arena. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Klitschko (64-3, 54 KOs), 39, of Ukraine, will be making his 19th title defense when he faces England’s Fury (24-0, 18 KOs), 26, who is 6-9, 260 pounds and loves to trash talk -- which should make the news conference interesting. Fury will be the sixth undefeated opponent Klitschko will face in his last seven title defenses.
•Middleweight Curtis Stevens (27-5, 20 KOs), 30, of Brooklyn, New York, re-signed with Main Events, the company announced on Thursday. During his last deal, Main Events secured him a shot at middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin, despite Stevens suffering an eighth-round knockout loss in their November 2013 bout. Stevens is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Hassan N’Dam in a world title elimination bout in October. Of his new deal, Stevens offered only, “Time to become champ!" Main Events CEO Kathy Duva added, “We love Curtis. He's such an exciting fighter. I'm so happy that he's decided to remain with Main Events and we look forward to getting him back in the ring.”
•Heavyweight contender Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (20-0-1, 12 KOs) is one of Klitschko’s mandatory challengers, but with Klitschko having mandatory bouts from other organizations ahead of him in the rotation, Glazkov’s shot at the title is probably around a year away. Rather than sitting and waiting around for it, promoter Main Events is lining up a stay busy fight for the 2008 Ukrainian Olympic bronze medalist. Glazkov will fight Aug. 15 in Krasnodar, Russia, likely against journeyman Kertson Manswell (24-11, 18 KOs), who has dropped three fights in a row and eight of his last nine.
•Former unified flyweight titleholder Brian Viloria got a new opponent this week for his scheduled 10-round main event on a Top Rank “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card (UniMas) at Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, Calif., on July 25. He will face former junior flyweight title challenger Omar Soto (23-11-2, 15 KOs), of Mexico, who has lost two fights in a row by knockout and three of his last four by KO. Soto has also been idle since September 2013. Original opponent Danny Flores (13-6-1, 8 KOs) was scratched because he was not approved by the California State Athletic Commission. Viloria has won three fights in a row against low-level competition since losing his belts by split decision to Juan Francisco Estrada in April 2013. If he wins next week’s fight, he is expected to get another title shot, possibly a rematch with Estrada (32-2, 23 KOs) later this year.