- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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A few notes from around the boxing world:
• With former middleweight titlist Sam Soliman, of Australia, losing a split decision to Dominic Wade on Friday night, it cost him a chance at a world title elimination fight against Ireland’s Eamonn O’Kane (14-1-1, 5 KOs). With Soliman out, the IBF on Monday ordered O’Kane to meet former Olympian Tureano Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs), of the Bahamas, for the right to become the mandatory challenger to newly crowned titleholder David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs), who won the vacant belt by unanimous decision against Hassan N’Dam on June 20. Lemieux intends to face the O’Kane-Johnson winner before the end of the year. O’Kane, 33, and Johnson, 31, have two weeks to negotiate a deal and if they don’t make one, a purse bid will be called to take place about two weeks later.
• The fight between former light heavyweight titleholder Beibut Shumenov (15-2, 10 KOs) and B.J. Flores (31-1-1, 20 KOs), who meet for a vacant interim cruiserweight belt on July 25 (NBC Sports Net, 9 ET), will take place at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Mayweather Promotions announced. Also announced was the co-feature for the Premier Boxing Champions card: a scheduled 10-round cruiserweight contest between Jordan Shimmell (19-0, 16 KOs) and Isiah Thomas (14-0, 6 KOs).
• While junior featherweight titlist Carl Frampton’s defense against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. on July 18 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas -- Northern Ireland native Frampton’s American debut -- will be televised on CBS in the afternoon as a Premier Boxing Champions card headliner, the fight will also be on free network television in the United Kingdom. Frampton promoter Cyclone Promotions announced Tuesday it made a deal for the fight to air on ITV in prime time (9:45 p.m. U.K. time). In February, Frampton’s first defense against Chris Avalos was also on ITV and attracted an audience of more than 2 million viewers.
• Former junior featherweight titlist Juan Jose Estrada died on June 21, the WBA announced on its website. Estrada, who was 51, was stabbed to death during a family quarrel in Tijuana, Mexico, according to Juan Carlos Pelayo, president of the Tijuana Boxing and Wrestling Commission. Estrada (36-11, 30 KOs) boxed from 1983 to 1991 and then came out of retirement for one more fight in 1994. Estrada won the WBA junior featherweight belt in his hometown of Tijuana in May 1988, outpointing Bernardo Pinango. He defended the 122-pound belt three times before losing it by ninth-round disqualification to Jesus Salud in December 1989 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.