A few notes from around the boxing world:
Junior welterweight Mike Reed (17-0, 10 KOs), 23, a quality prospect from Washington, D.C., had his eight-round fight canceled against Marco Antonio Lopez (23-8, 14 KOs) during Friday's weigh-in. The bout was scheduled for Saturday’s night’s Terence Crawford-Hank Lundy undercard at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. According to Top Rank, Lopez, 28, of Mexico, was not approved for a license by the New York State Athletic Commission after having a problem with his pre-fight blood test. Despite the cancellation, Reed will still be paid for the fight.
Main Events announced it has signed junior middleweight Madiyar Ashkeyev (2-0, 1 KO), 27, of Kazakhstan. Ashkeyev, who is trained by Robert Garcia in Oxnard, California, is managed by Egis Klimas, who handles several fighters, including light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev and featherweight titleholder Vasyl Lomachenko. “I am excited to fight in America and this is the first step towards fulfilling my dream of becoming a world champion,” Ashkeyev said. Said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva: "Madiyar is a very exciting prospect in one of boxing's glamour divisions. We're very happy to have him on board and I can't wait to see what he can do. I think he can be the next big thing out of Kazakhstan."
HBO announced that broadcaster Melissa Stark is joining “The Fight Game with Jim Lampley” in March. She is replacing Michelle Beadle as the show’s interviewer and correspondent for Lampley’s boxing studio show. Stark will make her debut on the show in the season debut on March 16 (11 p.m. ET/PT). Stark, a former ESPN SportsCenter anchor, will continue with her broadcasting duties at NFL Network in addition to her work on Lampley’s show. She has also worked on three Olympics for NBC and worked with Lampley on the 2004 Athens Olympics.