- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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A few notes from around the boxing world
• Welterweight contender Amir Khan’s unanimous decision victory against Chris Algieri on Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, averaged 1 million viewers for the live, first-time airing on Spike TV. The bout peaked at 1.12 million. The complete telecast, which also included Javier Fortuna’s decision win against Bryan Vasquez to win a vacant junior lightweight belt, averaged 772,000 viewers. Khan-Algieri headlined the third Spike TV card since it began televising monthly Premier Boxing Champions cards in March. The March 13 show averaged 869,000 viewers with the Andre Berto-Josesito Lopez main event also averaging 1 million viewers. The April 24 card headlined by the super middleweight title bout between Badou Jack and Anthony Dirrell averaged 569,000 with the main event averaging 527,000.
• Heavyweight Luis Ortiz (21-0, 18 KOs), a Cuban defector living in Miami, will return from suspension to fight an opponent to be determined on the David Lemieux-Hassan N’Dam undercard on June 20 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Ortiz, 36, impressively knocked out Lateef Kayode in the first round on Sept. 11 in Las Vegas to win a vacant interim title but the result was changed to a no decision and the 6-foot-4, 234-pound big-hitting southpaw was suspended for eight months and fined $8,000 (10 percent of his $80,000 purse) after he tested positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone.
• Former unified junior bantamweight champion Cristian Mijares (51-8-2, 25 KOs), 33, of Mexico, will headline a Fox Deportes-televised card in his home country on June 19. Mijares will face Filipino journeyman Vergel Nebran (13-8-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round junior lightweight bout. Mijares has won two fights in a row since losing a near-shutout decision challenging Leo Santa Cruz for his junior featherweight world title in March 2014 in Las Vegas.