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Notes: Crunch time for Martinez-Salido III hopes

Junior lightweight Roman "Rocky" Martinez, left, had two epic fights with Orlando Salido in 2015. AP Photo/Steve Marcus

A few notes from around the boxing world:

  • There remains a chance that a third fight between junior lightweight titlist Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs), of Puerto Rico, and former titlist Orlando Salido (42-13-3, 29 KOs), of Mexico, who have been unable to agree on a site, could still get done even though Martinez has been ordered to face Mexico’s Miguel Berchelt (28-1, 25 KOs), who shares Zanfer Promotions with Salido and could step aside. Martinez and Salido fought two action-packed fights in 2015, with Martinez winning a decision in April before they fought to a draw in September. The date had been penciled in for Feb. 20 but now could be headed for March 12 or March 19 (possibly on Showtime), in California or Puerto Rico, Salido manager Sean Gibbons told ESPN.com. Martinez’s side wants the fight in Puerto Rico while Salido hoped to fight in the United States or Mexico but is apparently willing to return to Puerto Rico, where he scored his two biggest wins, knockouts of Juan Manuel Lopez in featherweight world title bouts.

  • Junior welterweight prospect Jose Ramirez (16-0, 12 KOs), 23, a 2012 U.S. Olympian from Avenal, California, will fight an opponent to be determined on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. III undercard on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com. Arum said that it has not been determined whether Ramirez’s fight will be one of the three televised undercard fights. “But Jose will definitely be on the card. We have made that commitment to him,” Arum said.

  • Troubled welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez (19-0, 13 KOs), who has repeatedly missed weight for fights -- including by a Barely Noticeable 6½ pounds for what was supposed to be his HBO debut this past May against Humberto Soto before the fight was canceled because of the extra pounds -- is being given yet another chance by Golden Boy Promotions. It has scheduled Gomez, 23, of East Los Angeles, to fight Silverio Ortiz (34-16, 16 KOs), 33, of Mexico, in a 10-round fight on Feb. 5 (Estrella TV) at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, at a contract weight of 145 pounds. In his last fight, Gomez easily outpointed Jorge Silva on Oct. 23 but was three pounds over the 147-pound limit. The contract was amended, and the fight went on.