A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Featherweight titlist Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs), who is coming off a sensational sixth-round knockout victory against Nonito Donaire on Oct. 18, was due to return March 21 in the HBO-televised co-feature of lightweight champion Terence Crawford’s rise to junior welterweight against an opponent to be determined. However, Walters is suffering from the flu and unable to train, so he is off the card and will be rescheduled, Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN.com. Walters did not yet have a set opponent. Moretti said it has not been determined who will take place Walters’ place in the co-feature of the card, which will likely take place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
• Deontay Wilder’s lopsided unanimous decision win against Bermane Stiverne to win a heavyweight world title on Jan. 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas generated a gate of $765,200 from a paid attendance of 4,074, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. However, the announced crowd for the fight was 8,453, meaning more than half the tickets were complimentary. The commission also said that the fighters’ drug tests were clean.
• Junior flyweight titlist Donnie Nietes of the Philippines has been ordered to face mandatory challenger (and former unified strawweight titlist) Francisco Rodriguez Jr. The WBO notified both sides last Thursday and they were given 30 days to make a deal or a purse bid will be ordered. Minimum bid is $80,000. If either side does not want to negotiate, it can ask for an immediate purse bid. Nietes (34-1-4, 20 KOs), however, will have an interim bout. He is due to defend his title against Mexico’s Luis Ceja (26-5-3, 21 KOs) on March 28 in Pasay City in the Philippines.
• The debut edition of adviser/manager Al Haymon’s time-buy “Premier Boxing Champions” monthly boxing series on Spike TV, scheduled for March 13, will take place at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The card was initially slated for the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The welterweight doubleheader will feature former titleholder Andre Berto (29-3, 22 KOs) against Josesito Lopez (33-6, 19 KOs) in the main event, with former titleholder Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KOs) facing Roberto Garcia (36-3, 23 KOs) in the co-feature.