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Gary Russell Jr. The Likely Co-Feature To Berto-Zaveck

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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by tredh on 07-29-2011

Kinda of pissed that Russell is from the DC area but hasn't had any fights here. I understad GBP is west coast based but damn they have done some east coast cards. Why not put on some of those cards?…

Comment by nycsmooth on 07-29-2011

JR vs someone w/an inflated record/w/no punch...time to start vs fighters that bring something to the table...w/his amateur experience and his pro record, w/some spoon-feeding....time to get serious and take a big step...do it russell and see what happens...

Comment by Leohappy on 07-29-2011

well the IBF WW list looks like this. a few weird names there as usual. wondering if they are going with someone from this list or just a tune up. 2 Randall Bailey United States 3 Mike Jones United States…

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 07-29-2011

This sounds like a good night of boxing..

Comment by Leohappy on 07-29-2011

they are kinda rushing this card together,but it's looking good: berto vs. zavec bailey vs. tba gary russell vs. tba any ideas who they are going to match bailey against? probably one of the high IBF ranked guys.

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