A few notes from around the boxing world:
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said immediately after junior welterweight titleholder Terence Crawford knocked out Hank Lundy in the fifth round Saturday night in New York that he hoped to bring him back in late June or July to face former titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Before Saturday’s fight, Arum spoke to Artie Pelullo, Provodnikov’s promoter, about the possibility of the fight. Pelullo said that he liked the idea and that they could talk more assuming Crawford won. Pelullo told ESPN.com this week that he hopes to wrap up the HBO bout with Arum even though Provodnikov’s name has been raised as a possible June 18 opponent for Miguel Cotto on HBO PPV. Pelullo said he has not been contacted about a Cotto-Provodnikov fight, although he would be open to it if the Crawford fight doesn’t work out. However, Roc Nation Sports, Cotto’s promoter, has said that in order to make the fight Pelullo would have to drop a lawsuit that he brought against the company for allegedly interfering with his deal with former junior middleweight titleholder Demetrius Andrade. Pelullo said he has no intention of dropping the suit but would be willing to work on the fight during litigation.
Australian heavyweight contender Lucas Browne (23-0, 20 KOs), 36, will be a long way from home when he challenges secondary titlist Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1, 21 KOs), 37, a southpaw from Uzbekistan living in Germany, for his belt on Saturday (AWE, 2 p.m. ET) in Grozny, Russia. But even though Browne will have little support in the crowd, he said he is buoyed knowing “I've got 24 million Australians back home supporting me. I don't think about not winning. I've trained to win and that's what I'm here to do. I don’t want to let my countrymen down. I've had three months away from my family. It's been very hard but it's going to be worth it.” Browne is aiming to become the first Australian to win a heavyweight world title.
Alan Goldstein, one of America’s foremost boxing journalists for decades before retiring several years ago, died of liver failure Monday, according to The Baltimore Sun, his hometown newspaper. Goldstein was 82. During his four-decade career at the paper, which began in 1960, he primarily covered boxing and basketball. Goldstein was inducted into the Maryland Boxing Hall of Fame in 1976 and in 1997 received the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism from the Boxing Writers Association of America.