- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Former junior lightweight titlist Rances Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs), who dominated former lightweight titlist Antonio DeMarco (31-5-1, 23 KOs) in a lopsided decision win in their junior welterweight bout on Sunday in Las Vegas, knows who he wants to fight next -- former lightweight titlist Omar Figueroa Jr. (25-0-1, 18 KOs). Figueroa Jr. moved up to junior welterweight and outpointed former two-division titleholder Ricky Burns in an action-packed fight on May 9. “I want Omar Figueroa next. It would be like a modern day version of Diego Corrales versus Jose Luis Castillo,” Barthelemy said after the CBS-televised bout, referring to the all-time classic lightweight championship war from 2005.
• England’s Martin Murray, 32, a longtime middleweight contender, has his opponent for his June 26 move up to super middleweight. He will face George Beroshvili in an eight-rounder at Echo Arena in Liverpool on the Callum Smith-Christopher Rebrasse undercard. The fight is Murray’s first since signing with Matchroom Boxing. Murray, coming off an 11th-round knockout loss against titleholder Gennady Golovkin on Feb. 21, will look to get back in the win column and then figures to be in line for a fight with British world titlist James DeGale, who is also with Matchroom. Beroshvili (19-5-2, 12 KOs), 23, of Georgia (the former Soviet republic), figures to be a soft touch for Murray. Beroshvili has won three fights in a row, but each against sub-.500 opponents with a combined record of 5-32.
• England’s Josh Warrington (21-0, 4 KOs) will defend his Commonwealth featherweight titles against Australia’s Joel Brunker (28-1, 16 KOs) on Sept. 5 at the First Direct Arena in Warrington’s hometown of Leeds, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced on Monday. Brunker’s lone loss came in October in London, a ninth-round knockout to Lee Selby in a world title eliminator. Selby went on to claim a belt in his next fight. “I’ve watched Selby’s fight with Brunker back a few times and, to be honest, until Lee stopped him, it wasn’t his best performance,” Warrington said. “I’m confident I can put on a vintage performance and go one better. I was happy for Lee to win the world title, good on him. But I’m not thinking about him yet, Brunker has my full attention.”