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Boxing News Roundup (May 21, 2019): Heavyweight triangle, Gary Russell Jr, Malignaggi-Lobov, more

The heavyweights are still talking, Gary Russell Jr says he’s a free agent, and BKFC is bringing a real circus to Tampa next month.

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

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In what is perhaps the most interesting if not biggest story of the day, Gary Russell Jr says he’s a free agent, and that he can make a deal to fight anyone on any network if need be. If true, that could set Russell up for a move to 130 to face Miguel Berchelt at some point, which he says he’d do.

Of course, Berchelt probably will only fight the one more time this year, and right now that’s aimed to be a unification with the winner of Saturday’s Masayuki Ito-Jamel Herring WBO fight on ESPN. Russell has the WBC belt at 126 and his No. 1 target, he says, is unification with Leo Santa Cruz.

The heavyweights are still talking, as they do. Deontay Wilder assures fans that fights with Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will happen. Eddie Hearn says there are no excuses to not do Joshua-Wilder next. And Tyson Fury has invited Deontay Wilder to suck his nuts.

As for Joshua, he’s gearing up to fight Andy Ruiz Jr, and while a lot of people who don’t know much if anything about Ruiz are laughing about the challenger’s physique, Joshua is taking him very seriously.

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