Somers Point middleweight Patrick Majewski is close to getting a title shot.

Negotiations are being finalized for a fight that would pit Majewski (21-1, 13 KOs) against rugged veteran Marco Antonio Rubio (54-6-1, 46 KOs) for the WBC interim championship on July 27 in Mexico. The winner would become the mandatory challenger for WBC super champion Sergio Martinez.

"We're hoping to have everything done by the end of the weekend," Majewski's manager and co-trainer, Arnold Robbins, said Thursday in a phone interview. "If it happens, this would be a great fight for Patrick and could lead to even bigger and better things."

 Majewski, a native of Radom, Poland, moved to South Jersey in 2003 in order to develop his talent as a boxer. In his last fight, the 33-year-old, earned a 10-round, unanimous decision over Jamaal Davis at Bally's Atlantic City.

 Rubio, who turns 33 on Saturday, came up short in two challenges for the middleweight title. He suffered a ninth-round TKO against then-champ Kelly Pavlik in 2009, then lost a 12-round decision to Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. on Feb. 4, 2012. In his last bout, he earned a fifth-round TKO over former champ Carlos Baldomir last Sept. 8.

There is also a possibility that Majewski could land a fight against WBO middleweight champ Peter Quillan (29-0, 21 KOs) later this year.

 In other local boxing news, Atlantic City light-heavyweight prospect Lavarn Harvell will end an 11-month layoff on Friday when he opposes Paul Vasquez in a six-round bout at South Mountain Arena in West Orange.

 Harvell (12-0, 7 KOs) last fought on July 7, 2012 when he scored a first-round TKO over Mojeed Okedara at Bally's Atlantic City. The 25-year-old has now won four straight by knockout or TKO. Vasquez (9-3-1, 3 KOs), of Martinez, Calif., is coming off a majority-decision loss to Elvir Muriqi on March 15 in Whippany.

 Harvell attributed his hiatus to lack of a training facility. The third-floor boxing gym at the Atlantic City PAL has been closed due to damage by Hurricane Sandy. Harvell and other PAL-based fighters such as Majewski have been training at Bullpen Vale Tudo in Egg Harbor Township or the Pleasantville Rec Center.

 "Everything is good now and we are ready to go," Harvell said in a statement.

 Atlantic City welterweight Anthony Young (8-0, 4 KOs) was supposed to be on the card with Harvell, but his scheduled opponent, Xavier Borgus (7-2), pulled out late last week with a stomach virus and officials were unable to find a replacement.

 Atlantic City middleweight Isiah Seldon (7-0, 3 KOs) returns to the ring next Thursday at The Deck in the Essington section of Philadelphia.

 

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