A few notes from around the boxing world:
Talks about a possible middleweight championship showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin in September have been on hold while Alvarez and Golden Boy go through a civil trial with promoter Tuto Zabala over the status of Alvarez’s promotional agreement. Zabala sued them in Florida state court, claiming he has a valid agreement with Alvarez, who dumped Zabala and signed with Golden Boy. Alvarez testified this week. But until the trial is over -- and it could extend into next week -- there will be no planning for Alvarez’s next fight. But that won’t hold back Golovkin, K2 Promotions’ Tom Loeffler told ESPN.com. As much as Golovkin wants to fight Alvarez in what would be a huge pay-per-view fight, Loeffler said, “Whether Canelo fights GGG or not, we are planning a fight in August or September for GGG.”
The fight has not been finalized, but heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) -- permitted an optional defense in the wake of the cancelation of his May 21 mandatory defense against Alexander Povetkin because of Povetkin’s failed drug test -- will face former two-time challenger Chris Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) on July 16 at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, a source involved in the planning of the event told ESPN.com. Wilder, who is from nearby Tuscaloosa, is awaiting the WBC’s ruling on whether Povetkin will remain as the mandatory challenger, but the WBC allowed him to make an optional defense while Povetkin’s case is being investigated. Wilder-Arreola is expected to headline a Premier Boxing Champions card scheduled July 16 on Fox in prime time.
The epic battle between junior lightweight titleholder Francisco Vargas and former titlist Orlando Salido -- the clear front-runner for 2016 fight of the year -- averaged 833,000 viewers on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” this past Saturday night, according to Nielsen Media Research. The fight peaked at 954,000 viewers. The opening bout, a featherweight bout between prospects Abraham Lopez and Julian Ramirez, both fighting on HBO for the first time, averaged 649,000 viewers and peaked at 693,000. There were three major boxing telecasts last week in the United States. According to Nielsen, HBO’s complete telecast averaged 717,000 viewers. The Premier Boxing Champions card on Spike on Friday night, headlined by the lightweight title bout between Rances Barthelemy and former titlist Mickey Bey, averaged 468,000. The PBC on ESPN telecast on Saturday night, headlined by light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev against Ezequiel Maderna, averaged 384,000 viewers.