GARY RUSSELL JR.-DAT NGUYEN; ERISLANDY LARA-RONALD HEARNS AIMED FOR APRIL
Schaefer confirmed that junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs) and featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. (19-0, 11 KOs), a pair of left-handers, are still set to return to the ring on either April 7 or April 14.
Russell’s hometown of Capitol Heights, Md.
“The idea is to definitely have Lara-Hearns and Russell-Nguyen, and I’m still working on that. I will have some followup conversations with Showtime on these as it relates to the places and the spots for that,” said Schaefer.
“But, yes, it’s going to be on one of those two dates. If it’s a stand alone event, it would be from D.C., and we have the D.C. Amory on hold. If not, it could be part of some other programming that Showtime is planning for April 14, so those two fights could be added there.”
MAIDANA COULD FACE MATTHYSSE-HUMBERTO SOTO WINNER
Schaefer said that the Ortiz-Berto II undercard will feature a bout between Matthysse (30-2, 28 KOs) and ex-titleholder Humberto Soto (57-7-2, 34 KOs), and that Maidana could face the winner of that fight.
“Maidana, even though he came up on the short end on Saturday night, he still is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport. But I think what became apparent, after discussing with him and his team after the fight, is that the 147-pounds weight class is not his division,” said Schaefer.
“I think that at 140, he can not only win, but that he can knock out anyone. So, I could very well see him coming back sometime in late summer or so against the winner of Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse.”
SOMETHING BIG IS BREWING AT THE VERIZON CENTER
Schaefer also said that Golden Boy still has a date locked in for June 30 at The Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
“We’re definitely confirmed to come back to D.C. on June 30. I am working on something, but I can’t really discuss what I’m working on, but it’s going to be something spectacular,” said Schaefer.
“I wouldn’t speculate, because even if you use your best imagination, you’re probably going to come up short of what I’m working on. If I can pull off what I’m working on, it could potentially be a game-changer.”
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