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Notes: Unable to secure opponent, Monroe fight canceled

Middleweight title contender Willie Monroe Jr. is having a hard time finding an opponent. Banner Promotions

A few notes from around the boxing world:

  • For the second time in two weeks, middleweight Willie Monroe Jr. (19-2, 6 KOs), the 2014 ESPN Boxcino tournament winner, had a fight canceled because a suitable opponent could not be found. He was scheduled to fight Jan. 29 on a Bobby Hitz-promoted card in Elk Grove, Illinois, but Monroe was removed the week of the fight when an opponent could not be found. Promoter Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions then worked out a deal to put Monroe, 29, of Rochester, New York, on Thompson Boxing’s card on Friday night in Ontario, California. However, once again it was called off because of problems finding an opponent, Pelullo told ESPN.com. Monroe has not fought since world titleholder Gennady Golovkin knocked him out in the sixth round last May at the Forum in Inglewood, California. "Now we’re looking to do something else for Willie at the end of the month," Pelullo said. "What we’d really like to do is make a fight for him against [titleholder] Danny Jacobs and I have talked to [promoter] Lou DiBella about it, so we’ll see. Willie wants to fight. He’s annoyed he doesn’t have one, but it’s not easy to find an opponent willing to fight him."

  • Lightweight Jamel Herring (15-0, 8 KOs) rolled to a near-shutout decision against Luis Eduardo Flores (21-3, 17 KOs) on Tuesday night in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card on Fox Sports 1 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Herring, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, won on scores of 100-88, 100-88 and 99-89. Herring, 30, of Coram, New York, and fighting out of Cincinnati, hurt Flores, 28, of Colombia, in the second round, knocked him down twice in the fifth round and cruised. “I knew if I boxed smart it would show, but I didn't think it would be that wide a margin," Herring said. "He's a very experienced fighter. I was trying to get rid of him early because he's a dangerous guy. If you let a guy like that sit around too long there's always the risk that you might get clipped with something and regret it."

  • Up-and-coming Danish cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (20-0, 14 KOs), 22, has a new opponent for his March 19 bout at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen, Denmark. Former world titleholder Giacobbe Fragomeni (33-5-2, 13 KOs), 46, of Italy, dropped out because of an elbow injury and was replaced by former title challenger Mirko Larghetti (24-1, 16 KOs), 33, Italy, on Wednesday, Team Sauerland announced. Larghetti has won three fights in a row since losing a decision to then-cruiserweight world titleholder Marco Huck in August 2014. "I’ve been in the gym training non-stop, and I’m ready to defend my [regional] title against whoever is put in front of me," Nielsen said. "I consider Larghetti to be a tougher fight than Fragomeni, but I’m confident in my own ability and the work I’ve been doing with my coach, Joey Gamache. I know this is a step up for me, but I need to be involved in fights like this to prove I’m ready to face the best in the division. My goal is to become a world champion, and to do this I need to beat the best, starting with Larghetti."