A few notes from around the boxing world:
• The officials for the Bernard Hopkins-Sergey Kovalev light heavyweight unification bout Saturday night (HBO, 10:45 ET/PT) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, were announced Tuesday. The referee will be New Jersey’s David Fields. The judges will be Carlos Ortiz Jr. of New York, Clark Sammartino of Rhode Island and Lawrence Layton of New Jersey.
• Sadly, former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (54-19-2, 37 KOs) will continue fighting at age 45 and coming off a knockout loss. Long known as the “Road Warrior,” Miami’s Johnson hits the road yet again as he is headed to Albertslund, Denmark, to face Sweden’s Erik Skoglund (21-0, 11 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout on a Dec. 13 undercard. In June, Johnson was stopped for only the second time in his career, suffering a ninth-round TKO against Ilunga Makabu in Congo.
• The heavyweight rematch between former world title challenger Tony Thompson and Odlanier Solis, initially slated to take place Oct. 18 in Dusseldorf, Germany, has been rescheduled for Jan. 24, according to Thompson adviser Mike Borao. When they first met March 22 in Turkey, the native country of Solis promoter Ahmet Oner, Thompson pulled an upset by winning a split decision. Thompson (39-5, 26 KOs), 43, of Washington, D.C., who has twice been knocked out challenging world champion Wladimir Klitschko, lost his next fight in France to contender Carlos Takam. Solis, 34, the former Cuban Olympic gold medalist now living in Miami, has not fought since the defeat. He was stopped in the first round (knee injury) challenging then-titleholder Vitali Klitschko in 2011.
• Russian junior welterweight contender Anton Novikov (29-1, 10 KOs), 26, is slated to appear on the undercard of a Top Rank card in Glendale, California, on Dec. 6. Novikov, who will face an opponent to be determined, will be fighting for the first time since dropping a decision in a spirited fight against titleholder Jessie Vargas on Aug. 2 on HBO in the Brandon Rios-Diego Chaves co-feature.