A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Nothing is done yet but the sides are moving toward a deal for junior welterweight titlist Terence Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs), the 2014 fighter of the year, to make his first defense against Montreal contender Dierry Jean (29-1, 20 KOs) on Oct. 24 (HBO) at the CenturyLink Center in Crawford's hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Jean is one of several opponents HBO approved for Crawford, the former lightweight champion who will be fighting for the first time since he claimed a vacant 140-pound by knocking out Thomas Dulorme on April 18.
"I'm confident we'll get the fight done," Jean promoter Camille Estephan told ESPN.com. Jean's only defeat came by competitive decision challenging then-junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson in January 2014 in Peterson's hometown of Washington, D.C. Jean has won four fights in a row since.
• Former heavyweight titlist Alexander Povetkin (29-1, 21 KOs), of Russia, is the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder's world title, but since that fight won't take place until early 2016 at the earliest Povetkin will stay busy on a card scheduled in Kazan, Russia, on Nov. 4. His opponent has not been determined. Cruiserweight titleholder Denis Lebedev (27-2, 20 KOs), also of Russia, will defend his belt against Lateef Kayode (21-0, 16 KOs) on the show, Lebedev manager Vadim Kornilov told ESPN.com on Wednesday. Russia's Grigory Drozd (40-1, 28 KOs), also a cruiserweight titleholder, was supposed to make his mandatory defense against South Africa's Ilunga "Junior" Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) on the card, according to the WBC, but it has been postponed because Drozd suffered a training injury.
• Riverside, California, junior lightweight prospect Saul Rodriguez (17-0-1, 13 KOs) will take on Ramsey Luna (12-3, 5 KOs), of Corpus Christi, Texas, in an eight-round fight that will headline the "Solo Boxeo Tecate" card on UniMas on Aug. 22 at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada, Top Rank announced. "Saul's manager Cameron Dunkin and I know the importance of this fight," said Robert Garcia, Rodriguez's trainer. "Winning and looking impressive while doing it is important as Saul is getting closer to a title fight opportunity."