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Notes: Flanagan, Zepeda make deal for lightweight title bout

Terry Flanagan will face Jose Zepeda in England for a vacant lightweight world title. Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

A few notes from around the boxing world:

• Top Rank, which promotes Jose Zepeda (23-0, 20 KOs) of Long Beach, California, and Frank Warren, who promotes England’s Terry Flanagan (27-0, 10 KOs), made a deal on Thursday for their vacant lightweight world title bout, thus avoiding a purse bid scheduled for later in the day. According to Zepeda’s team, the fight is due to take place on June 27 at a location to be determined in England. They will be fighting for the 135-pound belt vacated by 2014 fighter of the year Terence Crawford.

• Golden Boy was the lone bidder for the mandatory defense of junior bantamweight titlist Zolani Tete (20-3, 17 KOs), of South Africa, who is due to face Puerto Rico’s McJoe Arroyo (16-0, 8 KOs). Golden Boy offered $25,100 at the Tuesday purse bid at IBF headquarters in Springfield, New Jersey. Tete will get 75 percent of the winning bid ($18,825) with Arroyo getting 25 percent (just $6,275). Golden Boy has 90 days to put on the fight. Tete will be making his second title defense.

• Puerto Rican featherweight Jayson Velez (22-0-1, 16 KOs), who battled to a split draw against world titleholder Evgeny Gradovich in their title fight in November, will return to face Mexico’s Daniel Ramirez (11-1, 5 KOs) on June 4 (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes) in the main event of an “LA Fight Club” card at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Golden Boy Promotions announced Thursday.