A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Although super middleweight titlist Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) has a Nov. 21 defense in Germany on tap (opponent TBA), promoter Kalle Sauerland told ESPN.com that he is still in talks with Golden Boy Promotions about a possible Abraham defense in early 2016 against Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs). Hopkins turns 51 in January but wants one more big fight before retiring. Hopkins, the former middleweight and light heavyweight champion, never fought at super middleweight but says he’s interested in moving down to compete for a title at 168 pounds in the wake of his one-sided decision loss in a light heavyweight unification bout with Sergey Kovalev last November.
“Absolutely, we are talking daily with Golden Boy,” Sauerland said. Sauerland added that Golden Boy is interested in Hopkins going to Germany for the fight but Sauerland said he thinks is would make more financial sense to do the fight in the United States. The time frame for such a bout, regardless of where it would take place, is February or March, Sauerland said.
• Although Showtime announced Saturday night during the replay of the Floyd Mayweather-Andre Berto fight that it would have live coverage of welterweight titlist Kell Brook’s defense against Diego Chaves from England on Oct. 24, the network said the announcement was an error. In fact, the network and Brook promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing both told ESPN.com that they are still in talks in an attempt to make a deal for Showtime to have American broadcast rights.
• British junior lightweight prospect Mitchell Smith (13-0, 7 KOs), 22, has been selected as the 2015 Best Young Boxer of the Year by Britain’s Boxing Writers’ Club. Past award winners include a who’s who of boxing stars from the United Kingdom, including Ken Buchanan, John Conteh, Barry McGuigan, Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton. “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been honored with this award. The fact that so many knowledgeable boxing writers, who have the whole of the country to choose from, have chosen me, it means a great deal,” said Smith, who is promoted by Frank Warren. “Also, to have my name on a trophy alongside so many great fighters makes me very proud. I hope that I’m able to go on and prove myself worthy of their choice in years to come.”
• With middleweight titleholders Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux set to meet to unify their belts on Oct. 17 (HBO PPV) at Madison Square Garden, HBO will debut “Road to Golovkin/Lemieux” on Oct. 3 at (12:15 a.m., or immediately following the conclusion of that night’s “Boxing After Dark” card headlined by Lucas Matthysse against Viktor Postol for a vacant junior welterweight world title. “Road to Golovkin/Lemieux” will preview the fight between two of boxing’s biggest punchers and detail their path to the significant fight.