- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Comebacking former undisputed welterweight champion and former three-time junior welterweight titleholder Zab Judah has an opponent and fight date. Judah (42-9, 29 KOs), who signed with promoter Greg Cohen earlier this month, will face Colombia's Hevinson Herrera (18-11-1, 12 KOs), 31, in a scheduled 10-round junior welterweight bout on Sept. 10 at The Space in Westbury, New York, Cohen announced on Friday. The card will air on tape delay on CBS Sports Net on a date to be announced. Judah, 37, has been out of action since losing a decision to Paulie Malignaggi in December 2013 battle for Brooklyn bragging rights. It was Judah's second defeat in a row, having also dropped a decision challenging then-unified junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia eight months earlier.
• Junior flyweight titleholder Donnie Nietes (36-1-4, 21 KOs), of the Philippines, will make his American debut when he faces Mexico's Juan Alejo (21-3, 13 KOs) on Oct. 17 in the main event at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, ALA Promotions announced. ALA Promotions is the top promoter in the Philippines but is putting on its first card in the United States. Nietes, also a former strawweight titleholder, will be making his ninth title defense.
• Canadian junior lightweight prospect Kevin LaVallee (13-0-1, 10 KOs), 24, has signed with Roy Jones Jr.'s promotional company. LaVallee, who is trained by Ryan Grant and managed by Russ Anber, has gained valuable experience as a sparring partner for junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. "Kevin is a tough fighter and there is no doubt that he will be a big hit in the boxing world. We have big plans for this young man and Roy and I can't wait for the world to witness Kevin to debut as a Roy Jones Jr. fighter," said Keith Veltre, CEO of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing.