Before he claimed a 126-pound world title, Russell, a 2008 U.S. Olympian and the 2011 ESPN.com prospect of the year, had three fights in 2014. "And not only that but he knows how to use his hand speed and counter when guys are opening up. While many inexperienced championship fighters would have maybe folded in the face of the overwhelming speed that Russell presents in the ring, Nyambayar showed us all a resiliency that could one day play a part in helping him raise a title above his head in the middle of the ring. Is this the right fight for both? (2:09). We asked for a unification with Santa Cruz and it didn't happen.".
But, again, he seems unmoved by his one-bout-per-year schedule. I've been trying to unify with any of the other champions in the division. In the 3½ years since, he has had only three. I really want him to fight more.". We know that a lot of fighters have been falling out of shape during this quarantine period, but WBC featherweight titleholder Gary Russell Jr. wants to let the world know that he’s not one of them. I've had over 30 and I think my experience was enough to overcome and win this fight. Lil’ Ryan Garcia, shorty you can get your lil’ ass beat too. Pay attention to me, grinding, I’m telling you. I can't wait to show everybody my skills and what I'm truly about.". "His speed, power and overall skillset has made him a must-watch every time he steps into that ring. "If we have to move up in weight for these top fighters to feel like they have an advantage and take the fight, then we'll do it," Russell said. "I want him to fight more. "Al said we could do (a lesser fight) if we want, have a tune-up opponent. "As a fighter, I respect it and understand it. WBC creates 'frontline' belt for Tyson vs. Jones Jr. Mayweather says there are too many titles in boxing, Lomachenko undergoes surgery to repair labrum. Diaz has been far more active than Russell and has looked good in recent fights against solid opposition. "We put the work in every day in the gym. Gary Russell Jr. defends his WBC featherweight title against Kiko Martinez on Saturday, May 18. Now, one year later, Russell is finally getting back in the ring to face mandatory challenger Joseph Diaz Jr. on Saturday (Showtime, 10:05 p.m. ET/PT) at the MGM National Harbor in what amounts to a hometown fight for the Capitol Heights, Maryland, resident. Why not make this fight happen? OXON HILL, Md. Talented featherweight world titleholder Gary Russell Jr. has fought only three times in the past three years.
(February 9, 2020) - WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. successfully defended his title by winning a unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Tugstsogt Nyambayar live on SHOWTIME Saturday night in a Premier Boxing Champions event from PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. Russell won by the scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112. "We're definitely not looking past him at all. Whenever we do compete we're going to make sure we maximize our coin because regardless of what our occupation is we want a sense of financial stability. Of course, I want the winner. With the questions regarding the "King Tug" test now answered, the attention as it pertains to Russell turns to both activity -- Russell irks many by averaging one fight per calendar year -- as well as weight class.
Three times (per year) at least. So in this video clip below posted to his Instagram Russell shows off his physique as he names some names, calling out some rising stars at 135. Gary Russell Jr puts lightweight division on notice . That's not for the fans, that's something for me.".
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Russell Sr., who also trains his younger sons, bantamweight Gary Antonio (10-0, 8 KOs), 25, and junior welterweight Gary Antuanne (4-0, 4 KOs), a 2016 U.S. Olympian, both of whom will be on Saturday's undercard, said they have talked to adviser Al Haymon about fighting more often but fights have not materialized, even though Haymon also works with Santa Cruz, Mares, Selby and Frampton. Of course, first Russell (28-1, 17 KOs), whose lone loss was a one-sided decision to Vasiliy Lomachenko in 2014 for a vacant world title, must deal with Diaz (26-0, 14 KOs), 25, a fellow southpaw, who hails from South El Monte, California, and was a 2012 U.S. Olympian. If all goes well against Diaz -- and Russell is the clear favorite -- father and son are hopeful that if there is a second fight in the fall that it will be a big one, otherwise another long layoff seems likely. I advocated for more fights, it didn't happen. I think he underestimated me.
By Robert Aaron Contreras. Has Russell Sr. voiced his view to his son? Gary has the luxury of being able to preserve his body.
In 2016, he faced Patrick Hyland and the fight was, as expected, not competitive at all as Russell blew him away in the second round. If they still don't want it, I'm willing to move up in weight to meet any of the guys who have a name," he said. "Gary Russell Jr. has proven himself to be at the very elite level of this sport and one of the best fighters in the featherweight division," said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. . Gary Russell Sr., who trains his son and celebrates his birthday on Friday, would like to see his Gary Jr. fight more frequently. I feel as though I grew and developed much more as a professional. Russell said he is surely not looking past Diaz. With Gary Russell Jr. responding to JoJo Diaz Jr. calling out the WBC featherweight champion, Diaz says there are active negotiations for a potential May 5 date for the fight. Tank, wassup shorty? © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive. While Russell's zest for regular fights is absent, he did say if he beats Diaz he would indeed like to fight the Santa Cruz-Mares II winner before the end of the year. "I'm not anxious (to fight more often). WBA-IBF champ Taylor demolishes Khongsong. Russell, the immensely talented featherweight world titleholder, has been downright leisurely with his fighting schedule. He only had 11 pro fights, of course he was an Olympic silver medalist, but he only had those 11 pro fights.
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I think that he's at the point in his career where he's hungry and he wants to try to get a world title," Russell said.
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