by David P. Greisman
Heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell, featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. and lightweight contender Anthony Peterson might appear on the same card — a June 30 show to be broadcast on Showtime from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., according to a source with one of the fighter’s camps.
The source said the card is “very close to being confirmed.” Mitchell, who fights Chazz Witherspoon on HBO on April 28, would need to win his bout and not have it go a grueling 12 rounds. Russell and Peterson would still need to sign on.
All three are fighters local to the D.C. area: Mitchell is from Brandywine, Md., Russell is from Capitol Heights, Md., and Peterson grew up in the nation’s capital.
Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 knockouts) and Russell share an adviser, Al Haymon, whose fighters have been appearing on Showtime with increasing frequency this year.
No opponents have been selected yet, the source said.
Peterson last fought in December on the non-televised undercard to an HBO broadcast featuring a bout between his brother, Lamont, and Amir Khan, as well as an undercard attraction that saw Seth Mitchell stop Timur Ibragimov. He is 31-1 with 20 knockouts.
Russell last fought in November, a one-round starching of Heriberto Ruiz that was shown on HBO. The 2008 Olympic team member is 19-0 with 11 knockouts.
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