- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Former two-time heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola (36-4, 31 KOs) will face Fred Kassi (18-3, 10 KOs) on July 18 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, in the co-feature of the CBS-televised card headlined by junior featherweight titlist Carl Frampton defending against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. Arreola, 34, of Riverside, California, lost world title bouts by knockout to Vitali Klitschko (2009) and Bermane Stiverne (2014). He returned from the loss to Stiverne on March 13 and won an eight-round decision against journeyman Curtis Harper in an action-packed life-and-death struggle. Kassi, 35, a native of Cameroon, who moved to New Orleans, suffered a Titanic seventh-round knockout in his last fight at the hands of Amir Mansour in November. It was a 2014 knockout of the year candidate. Should Arreola win there is a chance he will be tabbed for a September title shot against Deontay Wilder.
• Los Angeles featherweight prospect Julian Ramirez (14-0, 8 KOs), the 22-year-old nephew of the late former junior lightweight world champion Genaro Hernandez, will face Mexico’s Hugo Partida (21-5-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-rounder that will headline the Aug. 6 (Fox Deportes, 10 p.m. ET) edition of “LA Fight Club” at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Golden Boy Promotions announced.
• Top junior featherweight prospect Jessie Magdaleno (21-0, 15 KOs), 23, of Las Vegas, returns to action on Aug. 1 at the Dr. Pepper Center in Frisco, Texas, to headline Top Rank’s UniMas-televised “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card. He will face Rey Perez (20-6, 5 KOs), 24, of the Philippines. In the junior lightweight co-feature, prospect Casey Ramos (19-0, 5 KOs), 25, of Austin, Texas, faces Daniel Evangelista Jr. (17-5-1, 13 KOs), 25, of Mexico.