By Mike Coppinger
Sources have advised BoxingScene.com that "it is looking very likely that it will be Gary Russell Jr." in the Sept. 3 HBO co-feature to Andre Berto's bout with Jan Zaveck in Biloxi, Miss. The featherweight, who shares the same manager as Berto -- Al Haymon -- last fought on the Amir Khan-Zab Judah undercard, defeating Eric Estrada over eight one-sided rounds, of which highlights were shown on HBO.
Sept. 3 would mark Russell Jr's debut on the network. No opponent has been named yet.
Mike Coppinger is a regular boxing freelancer for USA TODAY and Ring Magazine. He’s a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, the Ring Ratings Advisory Panel and the Yahoo! Sports Boxing Panel. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger.