- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Newly crowned junior welterweight titlist Cesar Cuenca is scheduled to make his first defense against Eduard Troyanovsky (22-0, 19 KOs), 35, on Nov. 4 on a major card at Basket-Hall Arena in Kazan, Russia, Troyanovsky's home country. Cuenca (48-0, 2 KOs), 34, of Argentina, claimed a vacant belt by unanimous decision against Ik Yang on July 18 in Macau, China. It's just the latest notable fight added to a card headlined by heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin against Mariusz Wach in what is expected to be Povetkin's final bout before challenging titleholder Deontay Wilder in a mandatory fight next year. Also on the card, cruiserweight titlist Denis Lebedev will face Lateef Kayode and top cruiserweight contender Rakhim Chakhkiev meets Ola Afolabi.
• Lightweight contender Jose Felix Jr., of Mexico, will take on Marcos Jimenez (20-5, 13 KOs), of the Dominican Republic, in a 10-round bout that will headline UniMas' "Solo Boxeo Tecate" on Sept. 19 at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California. Felix (30-1-1, 24 KOs) is looking for his fifth win in a row since losing a competitive decision to Bryan Vasquez for an interim junior lightweight belt in April 2014. Also on the card, former lightweight title Lenny Zappavigna (33-2, 23 KOs), of Australia, will fight for the first time since his recent signing with Top Rank. He will face Ramon Ayala (23-4-1, 11 KOs), who has lost two fights in a row.
• Golden Boy announced the untelevised undercard for its Oct. 3 event at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, which is headlined by the vacant junior welterweight title fight between Lucas Matthysse and Viktor Postol. It will include former lightweight title challenger Mercito Gesta (28-1-2, 16 KOs), a Philippines native from San Diego, against former two-time title challenger Martin Honorio (32-9-1, 16 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico, who has lost three fights in a row (albeit to quality opponents Antonio Orozco, Argenis Mendez and Juan Carlos Salgado in a world title bout). Also, top featherweight prospect Julian Ramirez (14-0, 8 KOs), of Los Angeles, will face Mexico's Hugo Partida (20-5-2, 15 KOs). The HBO-televised co-feature pits junior welterweight Orozco against former two-division titlist Humberto Soto.