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Gary Russell Jr, Deontay Wilder to be paired with Olympians on Showtime and CBS cards

Gary Russell Jr and Deontay Wilder will be paired with debuting Olympic boxers on November 9 and December 15, part of a deal between Golden Boy Promotions, Showtime, and CBS.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Gary Russell Jr and Deontay Wilder will be on separate cards in the coming months on Showtime and CBS, paired with Olympic boxers from the 2012 London games making their pro debuts on November 9 and December 15, according to

Featherweight prospect Russell (20-0, 12 KO) will headline on 11/9 on ShoBox: The New Generation at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, paired with "five or six" Olympians making their debuts. They won't all be televised, of course, since there's no time for that even with the fights being four rounds and in most instances, quite likely just a couple of rounds.

Heavyweight Wilder (25-0, 25 KO) will be back on December 15 on Showtime, with another "Night of the Olympians" card in a very interesting setup between Showtime and network station CBS:

"In the afternoon, as a lead-in, following an NCAA basketball game on CBS, we will have, live, on CBS, there will be boxing. It will be another 'Night of The Olympians,' and we will be announcing shortly who will be on that card. That will then lead into Showtime Extreme on Showtime, and then Showtime Extreme will lead into Showtime Championship Boxing. We are going to be announcing, shortly, who will be on that card. So that will be a big night, Dec. 15."

Amir Khan's fight with Carlos Molina might be on December 15 if it doesn't land on the Cotto-Trout undercard on December 1, and that's a hell of a lot of boxing overall from Golden Boy, Showtime, and CBS planned for 12/15. Could be a lot of fun to see all those fights on TV in one run, on three different channels.

Golden Boy hasn't signed any of the Olympians yet, but six American boxers did just sign with Al Haymon, and some if not all of them are expected to land with GBP.

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