- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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A few notes from around the boxing world:
• The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, announced that the Class of 2015 will be unveiled Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. ET. There will be inductees in four categories -- modern, old-timer, nonparticipant and observer -- as voted on by the Boxing Writers Association of America and an international panel of boxing historians. Electors’ ballots had to have been returned to the HOF by Oct. 31. The 2015 Hall of Fame induction weekend will be held June 11-14 in Canastota. Among the 30 candidates on the ballot in the modern category (fighters who had their final fight no earlier than 1989) are holdovers Naseem Hamed, Dariusz Michalczewski and Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. and first-ballot fighters Nigel Benn, Riddick Bowe, Chris Eubank, Genaro Hernandez, Julian Jackson, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Michael Moorer, Orzubek “Gussie” Nazarov, Lupe Pintor, Meldrick Taylor and Fernando Vargas.
• Award-winning boxing writer Joe Santoliquito, a former associate editor and managing editor at Ring magazine (where he still contributes as a writer), was elected president of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He will succeed six-term president Jack Hirsch beginning Jan. 1. Santoliquito also writes for the Philadelphia CBS website and contributes to the Philadelphia Daily News.
• Golden Boy signed Puerto Rican junior welterweight prospect John Karl Sosa (11-0, 6 KOs), 22, to a co-promotional deal, joining PR Best Boxing Promotions to guide his career. He will have his first fight of the new deal Dec. 6 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on the David Lemieux-Gabriel Rosado undercard. The Puerto Rican Boxing Commission selected Sosa as its 2012 rookie of the year and most improved boxer in 2013.
• Former unified cruiserweight titleholder and heavyweight title challenger Jean Marc Mormeck (37-5, 23 KOs), of France, will soldier on at age 42. Mormeck, who got knocked out in the fourth round of a one-sided destruction at the hands of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in March 2012, is back at cruiserweight and looking for his second win in a row since the loss. He will face Mateusz Masternak (33-2, 24 KOs), 27, of Poland, on Dec. 5 in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. Masternak is seeking his second win in a row since a split decision loss to Youri Kalenga in an interim cruiserweight title bout in June in Monte Carlo.