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Erislandy Lara, Gary Russell Jr Back in April on Showtime

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Gary Russell Jr will be back in action in April. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Gary Russell Jr will be back in action in April. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Erislandy Lara and Gary Russell Jr, who had their February 11 fights canceled when Ortiz vs Berto was called off, will return on either April 7 or April 14, according to Richard Schaefer in a Lem Satterfield article at The RING.

"If it is on the April 7, it will be in Washington, D.C. I'm still working on that. If it's on April 14, I am not quite sure where it will be. But we are working this out as we speak."

Lara (15-1-1, 10 KO) will still be facing Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KO) in a fight that carries little interest because Ronald Hearns is not a good fighter despite his last name. He's the sort of second-generation fighter, like Jorge Paez Jr or Hector Camacho Jr, who makes Julio Cesar Chavez Jr look like Julio Cesar Chavez by comparison.

Lara hasn't fought since his robbery loss to Paul Williams last July, while Hearns has been out of the ring for a year now, after his February 2011 shellacking at the hands of Felix Sturm, a fight he didn't deserve in the first place.

Russell (19-0, 11 KO) is considered one of the best prospects in the sport. At 23, he's kept a consistent schedule and easily defeated all of his opponents thus far. He has legitimate top hand speed and puts punches together well, but his power -- which sometimes shows in flashes -- is a bit more questionable when we're talking about seeing him at the top levels later on, and at 5'5" with a 61-inch reach, I think it's an open question, too, if he can have long-term success even given his skills, if he happens to outgrow the 126-pound division.

It certainly isn't the best Showtime card, even if they stick a better main event on here (which doesn't seem likely), but ... well, there's really no "but." It's actually a garbage Showtime card and there's really no getting around it. If it were a ShoBox on a Friday night, that would be one thing, but one gets the feeling that Gary Russell, Al Haymon fighter, doesn't do ShoBox.

Schaefer also says that he's working on a June 30 card in Washington, DC, so I guess so much for all of Golden Boy's righteous outrage at the horrible commission and its horrible officials. $$$$