Notes: PBC on ESPN due to resume season in June

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A few notes from around the boxing world:

  • ESPN’s first Premier Boxing Champions card of 2016 was initially scheduled for January. Then the card was delayed until April 2 when it was to be televised in the afternoon on ABC with a second card scheduled for Sunday, April 30, in prime time on ESPN. Two more shows were scheduled for ESPN in May, on Saturday, May 7, and Friday, May 20. PBC, however, has pushed back the start until June. The fights and sites have not been determined. In all, there are seven PBC on ESPN to end the first season, even though the series was announced last year as a monthly series. The last PBC on ESPN card was on Nov. 25.

  • When the WBC announced a series of mandatory fights in January to follow the Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero vacant title bout, which Garcia won by decision on Jan. 23, one of the fights was an eliminator between former titleholder Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) and former junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KOs). However, the WBC told ESPN.com on Tuesday that Berto, idle since being losing a one-sided decision to Floyd Mayweather in his retirement bout in September, has declined to participate, so it will move on and order Peterson to fight somebody else.

  • Washington, D.C., junior welterweight prospect Mike Reed (17-0, 10 KOs), 23, whose had his fight against Marco Antonio Lopez (23-8, 14 KOs), scheduled for this past Saturday’s night’s Terence Crawford-Hank Lundy undercard at the Theater at Madison Square Garden canceled because Lopez had an issue with his pre-fight blood test during fight week, has been added to a March 18 card in Philadelphia. Reed will fight an opponent to be determined in an eight-round bout, Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN.com. Philadelphia super middleweight prospect Jesse Hart (19-0, 16 KOs) headlines the show against Dashon Johnson (19-18-3, 6 KOs).