A few notes from around the boxing world:
As the WBA continues with its efforts to reduce the number of world titles it hands out in each division -- usually three -- it has ordered two more fights that will get rid of two more. It has ordered junior featherweight titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) to face interim titleholder Moises Flores (25-0, 17 KOs). They have until Aug. 17 to make a deal or a purse bid will be ordered. It also ordered flyweight titleholder Juan Francisco Estrada (33-2, 24 KOs) to face “regular” titleholder Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12 KOs). They have until Aug. 20 to make a deal or the fight rights will be auctioned at a purse bid.
The Premier Boxing Champions telecast Saturday night on Fox, headlined by heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder’s eighth-round stoppage of Chris Arreola -- despite a broken right hand and torn right biceps -- to retain his belt for the third time in front of a home state crowd in Birmingham, Alabama, averaged 1.8 million viewers, according to Neilsen Media Research. It was the third PBC on Fox primetime card this year. The Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero-headlined card on Jan. 23 averaged 2.24 million viewers and the April 30 card headlined by the Andre Berto-Victor Ortiz rematch averaged 1.6 million viewers.
Super middleweight titlist Giovanni De Carolis (24-6-1, 12 KOs) and Tyron Zeuge (18-0-1, 10 KOs), who fought to a draw Saturday in Berlin, probably will meet in a rematch later this year, promoter Sauerland Event said. De Carolis, 31, of Italy, retained the 168-pound when two judges scored the fight 114-114 while one had it 115-114 for Zeuge, who at 24, was bidding to become the youngest-ever German world titleholder. Zeuge injured his left shoulder in the sixth round but Team Sauerland said it was diagnosed as a minor muscle tear, which will not require surgery.
“We are all very relieved that the injury is not as serious as we had first expected,” said Frederick Ness, managing director of Sauerland Event. “There is no joint damage and no need for an operation. Tyron will just need to rest his shoulder for a few weeks before he is able to resume his usual training regime."
Said Zeuge: “Instead of a summer vacation, I’m now looking forward to getting back in the gym as soon as possible. I will leave nothing to chance and will make sure I’m in top shape for the rematch with Giovanni.”
De Carolis said after the fight he would welcome a rematch.