Lem Satterfield

It’s Russell Jr.-Nguyen, Broner-Rodrigues, Alvarez-Cintron on Nov. 26

Unbeaten southpaw featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. will face Vietnam native Dat Nguyen of Vero Beach, Fla., in an HBO-televised tripleheader headlined by WBC junior middleweight beltholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Kermit Cintron and also featuring unbeaten junior lightweight contender Adrien Broner oppposite hard-hitting Vicente Martin Rodrigues of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Nov. 26.

The 23-year-old Russell Jr. (18-0, 10 KOs) and the 29-year-old Nguyen (17-2, 6 KOs) will meet in Cincinnati, the hometown of the 22-year-old Broner (21-0, 17 KOs).

Russell Jr. was last in the ring pitching a virtual shutout over an eight-round, unanimous decision against Leonilo Miranda (32-4, 30 KOs) last month.

Russell’s victory was on the under card of a main event featuring Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) dethroning Jan Zaveck (31-2, 18 KOs) by fifth round knockout for the IBF welteweight belt.

Nguyen is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Luis Orlando Del Valle in June that ended his six-fight winning streak since his previous setback, a six-round split-decision loss to Gregorio Torres in August of 2007.

Broner will fight for the WBO’s vacant belt against the 26-year-old Rodrigues (34-2, 19 KOs), who is 13-0-1, with nine knockouts, since losing by unanimous decision to William Kitchett over 10 rounds in August of 2008.

In the main event, Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KOs) will face Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KOs), who has battled to a disputed draw with RING middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs), been stopped twice by ex-beltholder Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) and lost a controversial decision to former two-time beltholder Paul Williams (39-2, 27 KOs).

The hard-hitting Cintron is coming off of a 10-round unanimous decision over Antwone Smith (20-3-1, 12 KOs) in August that helped him to rebound from a loss to Carlos Molina (19-4-2, 6 KOs) in July.

Alvarez is coming off last month’s sixth-round knockout of Alfonso Gomez (23-5-1, 12 KOs).

 

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lem.satterfield@gmail.com

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