- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Junior lightweight titlist Rocky Martinez and Mexico’s Orlando Salido, who duked it out in a thrilling battle on April 11 in Martinez’s native Puerto Rico, are likely headed to a September rematch, Salido manager Sean Gibbons told ESPN.com. Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) won the same 130-pound belt for the third time by outpointing Salido (42-13-2, 29 KOs) in an old-fashioned slugfest. “We are getting very, very close but need a few more days,” Gibbons said of a deal for the rematch. “But I can say it will take place in the first two weeks of September.”
• Cruiserweight titleholder Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs), of Germany, was originally supposed to make his mandatory defense against Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki (24-0, 15 KOs) on the June 12 Spike TV-televised Premier Boxing Champions card before the bout was delayed. Instead, Huck will likely make his United States debut against Glowacki in July on a PBC card, although the specific date and location are not set. Huck has held his title since 2009 and has made 13 defenses, tied with England’s Johnny Nelson for the most in division history. Huck would like to break the record against Glowacki and plans to eventually move up to heavyweight, where he has fought once before, losing a heavily disputed majority decision to Alexander Povetkin for a belt in 2012. There has also been talk that he could defend his title later this year against Roy Jones Jr.
• Rising Russian light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (8-0, 8 KOs), due to face Doudou Ngumbu in the opening fight of a Spike TV-televised card on June 12 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, got a new opponent on Wednesday after Ngumbu dropped out. Beterbiev will face Maryland southpaw Alexander Johnson (16-2, 7 KOs) on the undercard of junior middleweight titlist Erislandy Lara’s defense against Delvin Rodriguez.