A few notes from around the boxing world:
The fight has not been formally announced yet but lightweight world titleholder Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 12 KOs) will face interim titlist Ismael Barroso on May 7 at Manchester Arena in Crolla’s hometown of Manchester, England, both camps told ESPN.com. Official announcement of the fight is expected next week. In November, also at Manchester Arena, Crolla, 29, won the belt by fifth-round body-shot knockout of Darleys Perez to win the belt in a rematch of their previous draw.
Crolla will be making his first defense against Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KOs), 33, a big puncher from Venezuela and the mandatory opponent. Barroso, a southpaw, claimed the vacant interim belt by fifth-round knockout of England’s Kevin Mitchell in London in December.
Bantamweight titlist Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17 KOs), a 33-year-old Japanese southpaw, survived two knockdowns in the third round but also knocked down former junior bantamweight titleholder Liborio Solis (23-4-1, 10 KOs), 33, of Venezuela, twice in a unanimous decision win to retain his belt on Friday in Kyoto, Japan. All three judges scored the fight 117-107 for Yamanaka, who retained his 118-pound title for the 10th time. Yamanaka scored knockdowns in the second and ninth rounds. Also on the card, Mexican southpaw Ganigan Lopez (27-6, 17 KOs), 34, won a junior flyweight world title by upset majority decision against Yu Kimura (18-3-1, 3 KOs), 32, of Japan, who was making his first defense. Two judges scored it 119-109 and 118-110 for Lopez while the third judge had it 114-114.
In what looks like a can’t-miss action fight, Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-3, 18 KO), 33, of Mexico, will face Japan's Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3-1, 23 KO), 33, in a 10-round junior middleweight bout that will headline an “LA Fight Club” card on April 15 (Estrella TV, 10 p.m. ET) at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Golden Boy announced on Friday. Both fighters have been in their share of exciting fights.