- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Light heavyweight prospect Marcus Browne (12-0, 9 KOs), 24, of Staten Island, New York, who will fight on the Thursday night ESPN2 boxing special (10 ET) at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California, got a last-minute opponent for his televised bout. He will face former world title challenger George Blades (23-6, 16 KOs), 40, of Indianapolis. Browne was originally scheduled to face Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan (21-4, 14 KOs) but, according to Tom Brown of Goossen Promotions, which is putting on the show in conjunction with the network as a tribute to the late promoter Dan Goossen, Buchanan suffered injuries to his right hand and nose training last week.
• Heavyweight Charles Martin was supposed to face Raphael Zumbano Love in the 10-round main event of the first live CBS Sports Net card on Saturday night at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. However, the card has been canceled – and it comes as no surprise. Promoter Sal Musumeci, who was buying the time on the network with partner Gallery Studio Group, never put tickets on sale and never even formally announced the venue or the lineup of bouts, which was to also have included undefeated light heavyweight Mike Lee in the co-feature.
• According to multiple sources, the first card of the Al Haymon-spearheaded boxing series of time-buy fights on NBC Sports Net and NBC is supposed to take place on Feb. 7, although it is unclear where it will be or who will be on the card.
• Nehomar Cermeno has not fought since August 2013, when he claimed a vacant interim junior featherweight belt by split decision against Oscar Escandon, and has been stripped of that belt for inactivity. He had no fight in the works either. Escandon and Tyson Cave, who fight on Thursday on the ESPN2 boxing special, were supposed to fight a title eliminator. With Cermeno stripped, they will instead meet for the vacant interim belt.