Russ steps into Macklin fight

Updated: November 12, 2013, 8:07 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin, who lost opponent Willie Nelson to injury this week, will instead face unbeaten Lamar Russ, promoter Lou DiBella told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

Nelson, a junior middleweight contender, was due to move up to middleweight and face Macklin, a three-time world title challenger, on Dec. 7 at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., in the opening 10-round bout of an HBO-televised tripleheader. However, Nelson suffered a partial ...

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