A few notes from around the boxing world:
There is nothing official yet, but welterweight titlist Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs), who could make his title defense against former two-time titlist Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs), is being ticketed to fight Sept. 24 on Showtime on a card that could also feature junior middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) defending against mandatory challenger Julian “J Rock” Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs), a source with knowledge of the discussions told ESPN.com. Charlo-Williams was initially penciled in for Oct. 1 but likely will move to a new date.
Free agent welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme (23-2, 15 KOs), 26, of Puerto Rico, was in Las Vegas last week attending the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol junior welterweight title unification bout on Saturday at the MGM Grand. But Dulorme, who got knocked out by Crawford in the sixth round of a fight for the vacant belt in April 2015, was also there on business. He told ESPN.com that one of the companies he is talking to about a deal is Top Rank after he paid promoter Gary Shaw to release him. Dulorme has won his only fight since the loss to Crawford, bouncing back with a third-round knockout of Jesus Gurrola on June 18 in Spain.
“We had conversations in Las Vegas and if I can put something together that makes sense for both sides then I would offer it,” Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN.com.
Junior flyweight titleholder Donnie Nietes (38-1-4, 22 KOs), 34, of the Philippines, who has defended his 108-pound belt nine times, is expected to try out the flyweight division when he next fights on Sept. 24 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, where he also fought in October. Nietes’ likely opponent is former junior flyweight titleholder Edgar Sosa (52-9, 30 KOs), 36, of Mexico. According to Zanfer Promotions, which represents Sosa, it is in talks for the bout with ALA Boxing, which promotes Nietes.
Golden Boy Promotions and interim heavyweight titleholder Luis "King Kong" Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) are having issues that could threaten the company’s ability to place his mandatory bout against Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) on the Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith HBO PPV undercard on Sept. 17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. According to Golden Boy, although it has reached an agreement with Ustinov promoter Frank Warren for the fight, Ortiz’s side is seeking more money on top of what it has already agreed to.
A lightweight title eliminator was ordered between Michael Perez (24-1-2, 11 KOs), 26, of Newark, New Jersey, and Spain-based Russian Petr Petrov (37-4-2, 18 KOs), 33, to produce a mandatory challenger for the winner of the Sept. 23 fight between titleholder Anthony Crolla and former titlist Jorge Linares. The WBA has given Perez and Petrov until Monday to inform the organization if they are willing to participate in negotiations.