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Notes: Lightweight titlist Flanagan to sit out Dec. 19 card

In need of a rest, lightweight titlist Terry Flanagan has decided to sit out the remainder of 2015. Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

A few notes from around the boxing world:

• Lightweight titlist Terry Flanagan (29-0, 12 KOs), whose first title defense resulted in a sensational second-round knockout performance against mandatory challenger Diego Magdaleno on Oct. 10 in Flanagan's hometown of Manchester, England, was due to return for his second defense, also in Manchester, on Dec. 19 against an opponent to be determined on the undercard of the Andy Lee-Billy Joe Saunders middleweight title bout. However, Flanagan, who has fought three times in 2015, decided to sit the card out and instead plans to return in February. "Need a rest," Flanagan told ESPN.com. "Been training hard with little rest for well over a year. [I'm] worried about burning out."

• Germany's Jack Culcay (20-1, 10 KOs) will defend his interim junior middleweight belt for the first time when he meets Dennis Hogan (22-0-1, 7 KOs), born in Ireland and living in Australia, on Dec. 5 at the Inselparkhalle in Hamburg, Germany, Team Sauerland announced on Tuesday. The bout was originally scheduled to take place Sept. 26 in Berlin as part of Team Sauerland's 35th anniversary show but it was postponed because multiple fighters withdrew because of injury. "I should have fought Hogan in September so I've had a long time to prepare for this fight and I know what to expect," Culcay said. "Although Hogan will probably be the toughest test of my career so far, I have no doubt I can beat him."

• As usual, the week of a huge fight will have a smaller card the night before. On Nov. 20, the night before the Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez HBO PPV showdown at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, co-promoter Golden Boy is putting on a card (Estrella TV) at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Featherweight Horacio Garcia (29-1-0, 21 KOs) will face Mexican countryman Raul Hidalgo (24-13, 18 KOs) in the 10-round main event. In the co-feature, Roy Tapia (11-0-2, 6 KOs) will face Erik Ruiz (14-4, 6 KOs) in an eight-round junior featherweight fight.