- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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A few notes from around the boxing world:
• The David Lemieux-Hassan N’Dam vacant middleweight title bout, scheduled for June 20 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Lemieux’s hometown, will be on pay-per-view in Quebec, but has no American television outlet at the moment. However, Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya, Lemieux’s co-promoter, said on a teleconference on Wednesday that there will “absolutely” be an American television outlet. He said he was working on it but declined to say what outlet would air the intriguing fight in one of boxing’s hottest weight classes. Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) and N’Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) will be meeting for the belt stripped from legally troubled Jermain Taylor. The winner of Lemieux-N’Dam will be an obvious future opponent for titleholder Gennady Golovkin.
• With a right-hand injury keeping junior bantamweight titlist Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7 KOs), the 21-year-old Japanese prodigy, sidelined since he knocked out Omar Narvaez in the second round to win the belt in December, the WBO has sanctioned an interim title bout in the 115-pound weight class. Mexico’s David Carmona (19-2-4, 8 KOs) will face Warlito Parrenas (24-6, 21 KOs), 31, of the Philippines, for the vacant interim belt on June 20 at a site to be determined in Mexico. Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. of All-Star Boxing said both fighters have signed their contracts. Inoue, who is out until at least August, will have to face the winner in his return, according to the WBO.
• ”Maravilla,” the 2014 documentary on former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and played to rave reviews and was nominated for various awards, was released on iTunes this week as well as on other platforms, including On Demand on major U.S. cable providers.
Director Juan Cadaveira had unprecedented access to Martinez, revealing actual negotiations, the politics of the organizations and TV networks, and the vulnerable physical condition of an aging champion. The 80-minute film followed Martinez through every step of his battle inside and outside the ring to reclaim the alphabet title stripped from him and essentially handed to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. It also looks at his upbringing in poverty in Argentina. (Disclosure: I am in the documentary as an interview subject but was not paid and earn nothing from its release.)
Oscar De La Hoya promised that there will be an American television outlet for the David Lemieux-Hassan N'Dam vacant middleweight title bout.