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Notes: Heavyweight prospect Parker knocks out Meehan

Heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker could get a title opportunity very soon if he beats Carlos Takam. Duco Promotions Limited

A few notes from around the boxing world:

• New Zealand's Joseph Parker (16-0, 14 KOs), 23, one of boxing's best heavyweight prospects, knocked out 45-year-old countryman Kali Meehan (42-6, 32 KOs) in the third round of a big fight in their country on Thursday at Trust Arena in Auckland. Parker rocked Meehan repeatedly in the second round and then knocked him out with a flush right hand at 1 minute of the third round. Parker is slated for his next fight on Dec. 5 (opponent TBA) in New Zealand. Meehan, who lost a controversial decision to then-heavyweight titleholder Lamon Brewster in 2004, said before facing Meehan that it would be his final fight. The loss ended his four-fight winning streak.

• Comebacking former undisputed welterweight champion and former three-time junior welterweight titleholder Zab Judah has a new date for his ring return. Promoter Greg Cohen, who signed Judah in August, told ESPN.com his next fight will be Nov. 13 (CBS Sports Net) at The D Las Vegas. Judah (42-9, 29 KOs), who turns 38 later this month, has been idle since a decision loss to Paulie Malignaggi in a December 2013 battle for Brooklyn, New York, bragging rights. Judah was initially slated to return Sept. 10 in Westbury, New York. However, Hevinson Herrera, his opponent for the 10-round junior welterweight bout, initiated a scuffle with Judah at the weigh-in and then claimed he suffered an injury during the scuffle and could not fight, so it was canceled.

• Last Saturday's lightweight title defense by Jorge Linares against Ivan Cano, Linares' first fight in his native Venezuela in five years, resulted in a fourth-round knockout victory for Linares in a fight streamed live on ESPN.com. The bout was supposed to be replayed last Sunday night on ESPN Deportes. However, an audio issue forced the replay to be canceled. For those still interested in seeing the fight, the audio problems were fixed and the fight replay was rescheduled for Saturday night (8 ET) on ESPN Deportes. The two-hour telecast will also include undercard action.