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Garcia-Matthysse nearly set

7/5/2013

A few notes from my recent conversation with Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer:

• Golden Boy is trying to wrap up the junior welterweight showdown between unified titlist Danny Garcia and interim titleholder Lucas Matthysse, which is one of the best fights in boxing. Although the main focus has been on finalizing it as a Sept. 7 Showtime main event, Schaefer said there is a possibility that it could land on the Sept. 14 Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez card as the co-feature. If that happens, the show would rank as one of the best pay-per-view cards ever.

• Former welterweight titlist Victor Ortiz, who competed on "Dancing with the Stars" while recovering from his broken jaw, is ready to return to action. Schaefer said he likely will be back in September, possibly on a Sept. 7 card or on the Mayweather-Alvarez undercard. He has no opponent yet.

• Now that Karo Murat has his visa and has been reinstated as light heavyweight titleholder Bernard Hopkins' mandatory challenger, Golden Boy is trying to reschedule the fight. "I'm looking at dates in late September or October," Schaefer said. The fight was originally scheduled for July 13, but it was canceled when Germany's Murat couldn't get a visa and it looked like it would take several months. Only after the show was canceled did Murat get the paperwork squared away, but by that time it was too late to proceed with July 13.

• When heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder faces former titlist Sergei Liakhovich on Aug. 9 on Showtime, the initial idea was to stage the fight somewhere in Alabama, where Wilder is from. However, that didn't work out, and Schaefer said the card will instead take place at the Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, Calif.

• Golden Boy is planning a card for Sept. 13 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas as part of the Mayweather-Alvarez fight week festivities.