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“Hand injuries can be a big deal because it’s so hard for them to heal, especially when you’re making your money with your hands,” Velez said. “But I don’t think there’s any severity to Gary Russell‘s. They’ll take care of it, and it won’t factor into the box-offs in August. He should be 100 percent. I expect big things from him. Like I said, there’s no one out there better than him. He’ll be representing the [United States] at Beijing.”

Gary Russell Sr. has no doubts that his son will make a dominant run this fall.

“I know he’ll be ready for the trials,” he said. “I don’t see him being rusty. He spars so much with his brothers that he’ll be ready. He hadn’t fought since October before coming here and look what he did to Cruz. He’ll be ready.”