A few notes from around the boxing world:
• The upcoming fight between former strawweight titleholders and Mexican countrymen Francisco Rodriguez (17-3-1, 11 KOs), 22, and 30-year-old Moises Fuentes (22-2-1, 12 KOs) has been upgraded to an official junior flyweight title elimination contest with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger for 108-pound world titleholder Donnie Nietes. Rodriguez and Fuentes meet Saturday (beIN Sports Espanol, 11 p.m. ET) in Tecate, Mexico. "I expect a very tough fight, as Moses Fuentes knows it's his last chance and will give everything," Rodriguez said. Rodriguez and Fuentes are both shooting for another chance to challenge Nietes (37-1-4, 21 KOs), 33, of the Philippines. Fuentes fought to a majority draw with him in a 2013 title fight and suffered a ninth-round knockout in the May 2014 rematch. In his last fight, on July 11, Rodriguez lost a unanimous decision to Nietes.
• Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (21-1, 11 KOs), 34, of Bulgaria, took off 11 months after suffering a brutally one-sided fifth-round knockout loss – the 2015 ESPN.com knockout of the year – to then-heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko last November in Hamburg, Germany. But now Pulev, who returned Oct. 17 for a shutout eight-round decision against George Arias, will fight for the second time in less than two months. He is scheduled to face 39-year-old New Jersey journeyman Maurice Harris (26-20-3, 11 KOs) on Saturday, also in Hamburg, on the undercard of interim junior middleweight titlist Jack Culcay’s defense against Dennis Hogan.
• Dominican Republic-born featherweights Juan Dominguez (19-0, 13 KOs), fighting out of Brooklyn, New York, and Miami-based Yenifel Vicente (27-3-2, 19 KOs) will meet in a 10-round bout that will headline a Premier Boxing Champions card on Dec. 8 (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET) at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. In the co-feature, Puerto Rican cruiserweight Keith Tapia (16-0, 11 KOs) will face battle-tested journeyman Garrett Wilson (16-9-1, 9 KOs) of Philadelphia. Also, middleweight prospect Immanuwel Aleem (14-0, 9 KOs), of Richmond, Virginia, will meet Colombia’s Carlos Galvan (11-3-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round bout.