Daniel Ponce de Leon could get a crack at Chris John in July. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Dan Rafael's weekly notebook is filled to the brim with news this week. We've talked about most of it, but there's plenty that he's got that we haven't discussed, so let's do that. Highest recommendation to go read, as always.
- Golden Boy is working on a few things, including a July 30 HBO pay-per-view where they hope to match Daniel Ponce de Leon against Chris John, which is a good fight. Rafael doesn't mention a potential headliner, but my gut feeling is that's the date we're going to see Juan Manuel Marquez against Erik Morales. They've also finalized the Adrien Broner-Jason Litzau bout, which will take place as the co-feature for the Canelo Alvarez-Ryan Rhodes show on June 18.
- Giovani Segura has officially vacated his 108-pound titles and is headed to flyweight. He'll fight in May and then try to land a title shot of some kind, perhaps against the Julio Cesar Miranda-Brian Viloria winner. It's too bad we won't get to see Segura face Roman Gonzalez, but it never exactly seemed likely, and after knocking out Ivan Calderon two times, there wasn't a lot more for Segura to do at 108 other than face "Chocolatito."
- Orlando Salido will indeed fight in July in Mexico, and if he wins, will rematch Juan Manuel Lopez in the fall. Lopez's team wanted to make a fight with Salido as soon as possible with no interim bouts for either man, but that's not going to happen. Sanctioning bodies are rarely keen on immediate rematches, and Salido can bring some money in for himself in July against what is likely to be a marginal opponent, and there are plenty of easy marks in the WBO top 15.
- A potentially exciting Friday Night Fights main event between Pawel Wolak and Delvin Rodriguez is being worked on for July. FNF was also trying to finalize Celestino Caballeros-Juan Carlos Burgos before Caballero decided to fight Jonathan Victor Barros for more money and a title instead.