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Notes: David Lemieux's ring return set for Oct. 22

Former middleweight titlist David Lemieux, left, defeated Glen Tapia in four rounds in May. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

A few notes from around the boxing world:

Former middleweight titlist David Lemieux (35-3, 32 KOs), who got knocked out by Gennady Golovkin in the eighth round of their unification fight last October, will seek his second win in a row when he faces Cristian Fabian Rios (21-7-3, 6 KOs), 33, of Argentina, on Oct. 22 at the Bell Centre in Lemieux's hometown of Montreal, Eye of the Tiger promoter Camille Estephan announced.

The contract weight for the 10-round bout is 165 pounds, Estephan told ESPN.com.

HBO owes Lemieux a fight and had tried to schedule him for Sept. 24. But, according to Estephan, who co-promotes Lemieux with Golden Boy, "Our initial plans had to be changed after David required surgery on his right knee. The date of Sept. 24 was the initial date. We then tried to match the dates available at the Bell Centre with a date on HBO and unfortunately we could not set the time that is right for both to occur prior to much later in the year, so David will be fighting on Oct. 22."

Estephan said that if all goes well for Lemieux, 27, the plan is for him to fight a more significant fight in December.

Junior welterweight prospect Jose Ramirez (18-0, 13 KOs), a 24-year-old 2012 U.S. Olympian, will headline Top Rank's "Solo Boxeo" series on UniMas on Dec. 2 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, not far from his hometown of Avenal.

Ramirez will defend his regional belt in a scheduled 10-round bout against an opponent to be determined but still figures to draw a big crowd regardless of who he fights. Last time he fought at the Save Mart Center last December, he drew a sellout crowd of 13,100.

"There is no place like home for me to fight. This one is special for so many reasons, but none more important than to bring awareness to serious issues going on right now" said Ramirez, who has championed water-rights issues in Central California and tried to raise awareness and money for his "Fight for Water" cards.

Birmingham, England, bragging rights will be on the line when former welterweight title challenger Frankie Gavin (23-2, 14 KOs), who was knocked out in the sixth round while challenging Kell Brook for his belt in May 2015, will take on Sam Eggington (18-3, 10 KOs) on Oct. 22 at the Barclaycard Arena in their hometown, Matchroom Boxing announced.

They had been scheduled to fight last October, but Gavin suffered an injury and the fight was called off.

"I'm delighted that the fight with Frankie is finally here," Eggington said. "I want to get that British title back and I know that I need a good win to get back into contention. I can't wait to get in there with him. I'm not known for talking too much because I don't think you should trash talk, but Frankie's said a few things about me and it's got my back up, to be honest."

Said Gavin: "This is going to be a massive fight. We know Sam can punch and he's game. It's going to be a great fight, and one I'll win well because the minute he gets in with a mover, he struggles. Sam's a tough kid, but boxing-wise he is technically poor. I'm very confident ahead of that fight. Once I beat Sam, I just want the big fights. That's the stage of my career I'm at. I'm only 30 and I've still got another five or six years left in me."