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Notes: Lara to defend vs. Rodriguez

4/14/2015
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A few notes from around the boxing world:

• The fight does not have a set date or location, but junior middleweight titlist Erislandy Lara will make his second defense when he takes on Delvin Rodriguez on a “Premier Boxing Champions” card, sources involved in the fight told ESPN.com. The network has not been determined, but the fight likely will take place in June. Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) is coming off a lopsided decision win against former titlist Ishe Smith in a December defense. Rodriguez (28-7-4, 16 KOs) will be massive underdog against the slick Lara. Rodriguez is 0-1-1 in his past two bouts, including a draw with former junior middleweight titlist Joachim Alcine last May and a one-sided third-round knockout loss to Miguel Cotto in October 2013.

• Although it has not been formally announced yet, former junior middleweight titlist Austin Trout will face Australia’s Anthony Mundine, a former super middleweight titleholder, in a junior middleweight bout in Hidalgo, Texas, on May 9. The bout will be on the undercard of the CBS-televised “Premier Boxing Champions” card topped by the junior welterweight bout between former lightweight titleholders Omar Figueroa and Ricky Burns. Trout (28-2, 15 KOs), 29, a southpaw from Las Cruces, New Mexico, has won two fights in a row since back-to-back losses to Erislandy Lara and Canelo Alvarez. Mundine (47-6, 27 KOs), 39, is coming off a controversial split decision against Sergey Rabchenko in November.

• Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, host of many of boxing’s biggest fights, especially during the 1980s, will host the 2015 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s third annual induction gala on Aug. 8. The non-profit organization will induct a class of 21, including 14 boxers, many of whom had memorable moments at Caesars Palace. This year’s class includes Muhammad Ali, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Lennox Lewis, Felix Trinidad, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roger Mayweather and the late Sugar Ray Robinson and Johnny Tapia.