- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Lightweight titleholder Mickey Bey (21-1, 10 KOs), who won a world title by decision against Miguel Vazquez in September, injured his right hand in the fight and had surgery in October. But Bey, 31, of Cleveland, told ESPN.com on Saturday that he has been cleared by his doctor to resume training. Bey is next due to face mandatory challenger Denis Shafikov (35-1-1, 19 KOs), 29, a southpaw from Russia, who stopped Rustam Nugaev in the ninth round in August to earn the title shot. The fight will go to a purse bid if Mayweather Promotions, which represents Bey, and Shafikov promoter Top Rank cannot make a deal.
• Future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins, the former middleweight and light heavyweight champion has been added to HBO’s broadcast team of the fight between light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev and former champion Jean Pascal on March 14 (9:45 p.m. ET/PT) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Hopkins will work as an analyst alongside Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and unofficial scorer Harold Lederman. Hopkins, of course, has faced Kovalev and Pascal. In his last fight in November, he lost a decision to Kovalev in a unification fight. Hopkins fought to a draw with Pascal in 2010 and outpointed him in their 2011 rematch. HBO’s usual expert analyst on “Word Championship Boxing” telecasts is Roy Jones Jr., but Jones serves as one of Pascal’s trainers and will be in his corner.
• The 90th annual Boxing Writers Association of America awards dinner will be held April 24 at Capitale in New York. Among the award winners, Terence Crawford will receive his fighter of the year award and Lucas Matthysse and John Molina will receive their awards for participating in the fight of the year. Tickets are available to the public ($200 per person). For more information check the BWAA website at www.bwaa.org.