- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Featherweight Gary Russell Jr., the 2011 ESPN.com prospect of the year, will be back Aug. 9, according to Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer.
Russell will face an opponent to be announced, which is par for the course when it comes to announcing Russell fights. He was supposed to box on the July 13 Bernard Hopkins-Karo Murat undercard -- against an opponent to be announced -- but that card was canceled due to Murat's visa problem. So Russell (22-0, 13 KOs) has been moved to the card headlined by heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder facing former titlist Sergei Liakhovich at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
Golden Boy had hoped to line up Russell against former featherweight titlist Daniel Ponce De Leon this summer. Ponce De Leon accepted the fight, but Russell turned it down.
Russell, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, has been beset by injuries and has been incredibly picky about whom he will fight. He will be boxing for the first time since suffering a fractured left hand in a 10-round decision win against Russia's Vyacheslav Gusev on March 2. Russell also missed significant time in 2012 because of an ankle injury.
• Former junior lightweight title challenger Diego Magdaleno (23-1, 9 KOs), who lost a split decision challenging Rocky Martinez on April 6 in Macau, will make his return Sept. 7, according to manager Frank Espinoza. Magdaleno's bout will be scheduled for eight rounds -- no opponent yet -- and will take place on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Brian Vera fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.