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Notes: After title fight loss, D. Magdaleno set to end long layoff

Lightweight Diego Magdaleno returns to the ring for the first time in almost a year to face Fidel Maldonado Jr. on Oct. 7. AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

A few notes from around the boxing world:

  • Former two-time world title challenger Diego Magdaleno (28-2, 12 KOs), 29, of Las Vegas, is coming back after nearly a year off. He will face Fidel Maldonado Jr. (22-3-1, 19 KOs), 25, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the 10-round main event of Golden Boy’s “LA Fight Club” on Oct. 7 (Estrella TV) in Los Angeles, the company announced on Wednesday. Philadelphia's Damon Allen (10-0, 4 KOs) will fight an opponent to be determined in the eight-round co-feature. Magdaleno has not fought since October 2015, when he got knocked out by lightweight world titleholder Terry Flanagan in the second round in Flanagan’s hometown of Manchester, England. Magdaleno also had a shot at a junior lightweight world title in 2013, but lost a split decision to Roman “Rocky” Martinez in Macau, China. Magdaleno’s younger brother, Jessie Magdaleno, is slated to challenge for a world title for the first time against junior featherweight titlist Nonito Donaire on Nov. 5 on the Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas pay-per-view undercard.

  • Top Rank’s long-running “Solo Boxeo” series on Spanish-language network UniMas is changing days. Long a staple at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Saturday nights, the series is moving back to the same time Friday nights, where it used to air years ago, beginning Sept. 16 when a pair of classic Top Rank fights will be replayed in honor of Mexican Independence Day weekend: Oscar De La Hoya-Julio Cesar Chavez II and Erik Morales-Marco Antonio Barrera I. Live boxing returns to the series on Sept. 23 with a pair of eight-round bouts from Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida: junior welterweight prospect Julian Rodriguez (13-0, 10 KOs), of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, against Brazil’s Claudionel Lacerda (17-15-1, 12 KOs) and Puerto Rican featherweight contender Christopher Diaz (17-0, 11 KOs) against Mexico’s Raul Hirales (22-5-1, 11 KOs).

  • Golden Boy Promotions announced that the Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith HBO PPV card on Sept. 17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will also be available to live stream on a device of the viewer’s choice on Goldenboyppv.com. The stream ($64.99) will not be the same HBO PPV version viewers will see on television. The Golden Boy stream will feature the call of the card by Hall of Fame announcers Col. Bob Sheridan on blow-by-blow with analyst Larry Merchant.