Berto vs Soto Karass, Thurman vs Chaves, Russell Jr on July Showtime triple-header

Ethan Miller

Golden Boy is working on putting together a triple-header for July, with Andre Berto in the main event, and Keith Thurman and Gary Russell Jr on the undercard.

Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions says that he's working on a Showtime triple-header for July 20 or 27, featuring three of Al Haymon's fighters in separate bouts.

In the main event, former welterweight titlist Andre Berto would face tough Mexican battler and fringe contender Jesus Soto-Karass. While Soto-Karass in a Showtime main event is probably not exactly what anyone is looking for, and feels more like the Berto gravy train simply switching networks than anything, it should be a fun fight, as both Berto and Soto-Karass are more than willing to throw down.

Berto (28-2, 22 KO) last fought in November, his first fight under the Golden Boy banner, losing a nasty brawl to Robert Guerrero on HBO. Soto-Karass (27-8-3, 17 KO) lost a great fight last September to Marcos Maidana, then returned in January with a mild upset win over Selcuk Aydin, both fights on Showtime.

In the co-feature, which is a potentially very interesting fight, welterweight hopefuls Keith Thurman (20-0, 18 KO) and Diego Chaves (22-0, 18 KO) of Argentina would meet for Chaves' interim WBA title. Chaves has been in line to face Paulie Malignaggi, but that's not the plan for Paulie, of course, and a fight with Thurman represents a chance to make his name on American TV and force a fight with the winner of the Malignaggi-Broner fight in June.

This one could be really good -- both guys have power and are trying to jump into a world title fight. It's a good matchup on paper, without question.

The third fight would feature featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr (22-0, 13 KO) back in action, against an opponent to be named. Expect little, because Russell is always very quick to make clear he's happy with his extremely slow career progression.

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