A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Although Team Sauerland, promoter of super middleweight titlist Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs), 35, of Germany, and Top Rank, which promotes mandatory challenger Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs), 24, of Mexico, are negotiating the fight it looks more and more like it will go to a purse bid, which has been scheduled for Friday, according to the WBO. The minimum bid is $300,000, although if they don't make a deal and a bid takes place it undoubtedly will go for seven figures. Abraham would prefer to fight in Germany, where he is a popular draw, while Top Rank's Bob Arum would like to stage the fight on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as the co-feature on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. III HBO PPV undercard.
• With handlers for junior lightweight titlist Roman "Rocky" Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs) and former titlist Orlando Salido (42-13-3, 29 KOs) unable to agree on a site for the proposed Feb.20 third fight between them -- Martinez's side wants it in his native Puerto Rico while Salido's camp prefers the United States or Mexico -- the WBO ordered Martinez's mandatory defense against Mexico's Miguel Berchelt (28-1, 25 KOs), apparently scuttling immediate plans for Martinez-Salido III. They fought two action-packed fights in 2015 with Martinez winning a decision in April before they fought to a draw in September. The WBO announced that if the Martinez and Berchelt camps do not make a deal there will be a purse bid on Friday at the WBO headquarters in Puerto Rico. The minimum bid is $150,000. Coincidentally, Berchelt and Salido are with the same promoter, Zanfer Promotions.
• Former middleweight titlist David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs), who got knocked out in the eighth round of a world title unification fight by Gennady Golovkin on Oct. 17, is owed a comeback fight by HBO following the loss and it could happen as soon as March. Two fighters who have been mentioned as possible opponents are a pair of Golovkin victims, Curtis Stevens (27-5, 20 KOs) and Willie Monroe Jr. (19-2, 6 KOs). In one-sided title defenses, Golovkin knocked out Stevens in the eighth round in November 2013 and stopped Monroe in the sixth round in May.