A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Former super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) has signed with Al Haymon, who adds Bute to his vast stable of more than 150 fighters. InterBox, Bute's promoter, announced that the "promotion of Lucian Bute's career will remain unchanged. It is a pleasure for InterBox to work jointly with Al Haymon and his team in the organization of future fights for Lucian. The first fight is planned for the end of this spring." There was some discussion that perhaps Bute would make his ring return on the Sergey Kovalev-Jean Pascal undercard on March 14 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Bute's hometown. However, Bute won't be ready, InterBox promoter Jean Bedard said. Bute was scheduled to fight on Dec. 6 at the Bell Centre, but withdrew after suffering a back injury about two weeks before the fight and he is continuing to recover.
• All-action welterweight Sammy Vasquez (17-0, 13 KOs) will face Ghana native Emmanuel Lartey (16-2-1, 7 KOs) on Feb. 20 (Showtime) in a "ShoBox: The New Generation" at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Vasquez's home region. Lartey easily outpointed long-faded Steve Forbes in June to rebound from back-to-back eight-round decision losses to top prospects Felix Diaz (a 2008 Olympic gold medalist) and 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr.
• "Friday Night Fights" fan favorite Delvin Rodriguez will be back on the show on Feb. 27 when he will face Eliezer Gonzalez (14-1, 9 KOs) at the Paramount in Huntington, New York. Rodriguez (28-7-4, 16 KOs) will be fighting for the first time since a 10-round split draw with former world titlist Joachim Alcine on FNF last May. In his previous fight, Rodriguez got a big opportunity on HBO and got knocked out by Miguel Cotto in the third round in October 2013. Rodriguez-Gonzalez will open the card headlined by junior welterweight brawler Cletus Seldin (15-0, 12 KOs) against Johnny Garcia (19-2-1, 11 KOs).
• Former unified strawweight titlist Francisco Rodriguez Jr. (16-2-1, 11 KOs), who fought to a split draw with Jomar Fajardo in November in Fajardo's native Philippines, will meet him in a junior flyweight rematch on Jan. 31 (UniMas) in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico. Rodriguez, 21, of Mexico, eyeing a junior flyweight title shot, outpointed Katsunari Takayama of Japan in August in the 2014 ESPN.com fight of the year. Rodriguez then gave up the belts he unified and moved up in weight and fought to the draw with Fajardo (14-5-2, 7 KOs), 22, in his next bout.
"I have this thorn in my side with Fajardo," Rodriguez said through a translator. "It was a bad night, a lot of things were happening which resulted in a draw. Jan. 31, things will be different and there's no question I will win that fight, I have trained for that."