A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Former heavyweight titlist Bermane Stiverne, who lost his belt to Deontay Wilder by one-sided decision in January, is slated to return Nov. 14 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on the undercard of featherweight titlist Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs) making his first defense against Oscar Escandon (24-2, 16 KOs) in Showtime-televised main event. Stiverne (24-2-1, 21 KOs) is due to face journeyman Derric Rossy (30-10, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 10-rounder that is likely to serve as Showtime’s co-feature. Also due to appear on the card is junior welterweight John Molina Jr. (27-6, 22 KOs) against an opponent to be determined. The fight will be Molina’s first since the Nevada State Athletic Commission fined him $90,000 and suspended him for seven months for testing positive for the banned diuretic Furosemide following a one-sided decision loss to Adrien Broner on March 7.
• Although their opponents have not been announced, lightweight titleholder Terry Flanagan (29-0, 12 KOs) and junior middleweight titlist Liam Smith (21-0-1, 11 KOs), both of England, will defend their titles in on Dec. 19 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, Flanagan’s hometown, promoter Frank Warren announced. The bouts will be on the card headlined by Andy Lee’s middleweight mandatory defense against Billy Joe Saunders. Flanagan and Smith appeared on the same card in their last bouts on Oct. 10 as Flanagan stopped Diego Magdaleno in the second round in a successful first title defense and Smith won a vacant title by knocking out John Thompson in the seventh round.
• Heavyweight Fres Oquendo is due to have surgery on his injured shoulder and likely will be out of action for about six months, according to Square Ring’s John Wirt, Oquendo’s co-promoter. Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs) was due to challenge secondary titleholder Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1, 21 KOs) in an Oct. 17 mandatory rematch in Kiel, Germany, but Oquendo suffered the injury in a sparring session during his training camp.
• The Premier Boxing Champions card on Spike TV on Friday night featured a pair of barnburners -- light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara’s rousing decision win against former titlist Nathan Cleverly and junior bantamweight titlist Kohei Kono decision win against countryman Koki Kameda -- but did not generate much of an audience. The two-hour card averaged 315,000 viewers, lowest for any PBC card thus far on Spike, although it was up against stiff competition from the baseball playoffs.