- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Main Events promoter Kathy Duva said she is still waiting to hear back from promoter Yvon Michel about her offer to him for light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev to challenge unified titleholder Sergey Kovalev on Nov. 28 in Moscow. “Nothing yet,” Duva told EPSN.com. “Still waiting on Yvon Michel's response to our offer. He said he would get back to me early this week.”
Kovalev blitzed mandatory challenger Nadjib Mohammedi in a one-sided third-round knockout on July 25 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, after which she said she would offer the fight to Beterbiev. Duva said she made Michel the offer for the fight on July 27, hoping to put together the all-Russian showdown between Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) and Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs), the two-time Olympian who beat Kovalev in the amateur ranks. Even though Beterbiev is aligned with adviser Al Haymon and his fighters are banned by HBO, which has a contract with Kovalev and would televise the Nov. 28 bout, she said HBO suggested that she offer the fight to Beterbiev. It remains to be seen if Haymon would be willing to have Beterbiev appear on HBO.
• K2 Promotions and Golden Boy announced ticket information for the much-anticipated middleweight unification fight between Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux on Oct. 17 (HBO PPV) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Tickets go on sale Aug. 12 at noon ET and will be priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50. They can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office or website and all Ticketmaster outlets.
• British middleweight contender Billy Joe Saunders has begun his training camp for his Sept. 19 challenge of titleholder Andy Lee (34-2-1, 24 KOs) at Thomond Park in Lee’s hometown of Limerick, Ireland. Saunders (22-0, 12 KOs), who stopped Yoann Bloyer in the fourth round of a tune-up fight on July 24, is training at the MGM in Marbella, Spain, where he has trained before. "This is a crucial training camp for me and we're taking no chances and heading into the biggest fight of my career I wanted total focus with no distractions so coming to the MGM is ideal for me," he said. “There’s no way at all I’m taking (Lee) lightly. I’m overestimating him so there are no surprises on the night. He’s a proud fighting man and so am I, and there’s going to be no give between us. We both want to win. It comes down to who wants it more on the night. There is six weeks of hard, hard, training ahead of me now -- mountain and beach runs, gym work, sparring, strength work. It’s going to be absolute hell out here, but I’m prepared to go through it all for the glory of being crowned world champion at Thomond Park.”
• Australian heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19 KOs), mandatory challenger for the winner of the secondary title fight that will take place later this year between titlist Ruslan Chagaev and Fres Oquendo, has a new opponent for his tune-up fight on Aug. 14 in Melbourne. Icho Larenas (15-3, 14 KOs), a former MMA fighter from Canada, has replaced Gonzalo Basile, who dropped out for unannounced reasons. "Nothing has changed from my perspective. I'm ready to do a job, get back in the ring and get this guy out of there -- the same as every fight," Browne said. “I've seen Larenas fight once or twice before in the UFC and on YouTube. He's an aggressive guy who comes out fast and aggressive. It might be a short night if he keeps that game plan.”