Russell Jr Stops Gonzalez In Round Four

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WBC champ Jhonny Gonzalez defended his feather crown against fleet-fisted Gary Russell Jr, in a puncher vs boxer scrap presented on Showtime, from the Palms in Las Vegas.

Ah, but who is the puncher? Russell on Saturday night knocked Gonzo down the end of the third, to start the fourth and then had the ref hop in to end things at the start of the fourth, as he hit the deck again.

37 seconds elapsed and Tony Weeks halted the event.

Russell drew scorn for taking on low tier comp coming up and this goes toward shoring up his rep.

The 25-1 (14 Ks) GRJ, who lost to am ace Vasyl Lomachenko, said a bad fit with a strength and conditioning coach messed him up for the Loma bout.

In the first, the lefty Russ snapped a jab hard and repeatedly. The 57-8 (48 Ks, been stopped three times) Gonzo is a power hitter and wants to land a home run ball, but Russ is a pretty slick boxer. In the second, Russell showed his hand speed edge. In round three, down went Gonzo. A counter straight left/solid right hook, delivered after slipping a right, did the job.

Down he went again in the fourth, at the start of the round. A left hook clipped Gonzo's chin. More pummeling and the ref stepped in.

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-Radam G :

Kudos to G-Russ-Junebug. He deserves a big ole hug. I guess that he will be moving up a rank. J-Go went in the tank. We know that tsAH got him a fat check to bank.STILL! J-Go should have gone out on his shield instead of as a stank. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

I have been a supporter of Russell Jr., but never thought that he would destroy Gonzalez by TKO. Wow, talk about redemption! Abner Mares will avoid him like the plague.


-SouthPawFlo :

Being a Washington, DC Native I've always been screaming how good Russell can be... I also said something was "off" about him in the Lomachenko fight, but this Kid is special and I knew Gonzalez would be OutClassed, I didn't expect this type of Demolition but Congrats to Gary for winning that Belt and hopefully after a mid summer Defense he can get another shot at Lomachenko in the Fall/Winter


-deepwater2 :

It's very easy to make money gambling in boxing right now. Just pick the favorite when tsAH is involved. I'm 10 for 10 in the last few months.The bookies will need to start adjusting when the betting public figures it out.


-Pazuzu :

It's very easy to make money gambling in boxing right now. Just pick the favorite when tsAH is involved. I'm 10 for 10 in the last few months.The bookies will need to start adjusting when the betting public figures it out.
Quillin or Lee?


-deepwater2 :

Quillin or Lee?
I am rooting for Lee. He has looked great in his last two fights with Booth in his corner. Vera stopped him in 7 and Chavez jr stopped in him 7 and since then he has come back and looked hood against the usual suspects on his way to grabbing a belt. Quillin is hard to root for. His conditioning looks to be his best asset. He has a punch but he doesn't really finish a guy anymore. Rosado had him fighting for his life and Quillin was lucky the fight was stopped on a cut. TsAH has guided young Quillin to his belt,only to dump the belt,and back fighting for the same belt. Quillin was paid 6 figures to sit out and dump the belt instead of going to purse bid where tsAH wouldn't have full control. The wizard or oz or tsAH or the man behind the curtain seems or whoever he is sure looks like he is full control and makes a decent investment. My pick is ,even though I'm irish and will root for a Lee knockout , is Quillin for the win. TsAH doesn't pay fighters to sit out only to maneuver them to a loss. All the marbles are with Quillin and only a Lee knockout punch can ruin the plans. An underdog has to emerge at some point in tsAH's WWF boxing league, and I hope it's Lee. I think the safe bets are Quillin and Garcia. It's what Vince McMahon or tsAH wants. I don't know if they will be fixed fights but very close to being fixed. Quillin is -250 favorite. Put a g on Quillin Garcia is -225 favorite. Put as much as you can on Garcia.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

It's very easy to make money gambling in boxing right now. Just pick the favorite when tsAH is involved. I'm 10 for 10 in the last few months.The bookies will need to start adjusting when the betting public figures it out.
Then don't be a dummy, invest and put your dough on "money."#mayweathervspacquiao


-oubobcat :

Gonzalez looked to be a shot fighter and Russell showed some power that he once exhibited on some past Shobox shows. I did not see this coming.


-deepwater2 :

[QUOTE=Shoulder Roll Defense;78693]Then don't be a dummy, invest and put your dough on " I love the sound of that. The odds are against PAC for sure but I'm taking a risk on this one. I think a draw is a great bet on this fight.


-brownsugar :

Hard to say if Gonzales is shot or not. He was sporting an eight pack at the weigh-in...looking like a hungry wolf......When during staredown the abnormally aloof Russell focused his nonaggressive gaze at Gonzales's adam's apple and proceeded to close his eyes untill the nonchalant fighter wheeled away from Gonzales at the staredowns conclusion with out ever peering into the depths of his soul. Is Russell chicken? You might think Russell is Apparently beyond such archaic rituals due to having in his possession the 2nd best arsenal of blazing artilliary in the entire feather weight division. Russell himself foretold that he was going to run Gonzales into the left hook days before fight even started. Russell was crisp ..clean and clinical as if he was standing under a shade tree while he traded vicious bombs with the champ in close quarters. After the fight ....Russell looked bored an disinterested as he almost cracked a sleepy looking half smile as if he woke up from a sweet dream and didnt just win a piece of the featherweight title. Maybe Donaire or Walters will offer their services in the months to come...maybe he can earn a rematch against Lomo in 2016 if the former 2 time olympic champ doesnt move up in weight as it appears he may have to do to accomodate his growing body. Whenever he fights again I'm going to have to have a front row seat to determine if what I'm watching is even real.


-The Good Doctor :

Hard to say if Gonzales is shot or not. He was sporting an eight pack at the weigh-in...looking like a hungry wolf......When during staredown the abnormally aloof Russell focused his nonaggressive gaze at Gonzales's adam's apple and proceeded to close his eyes untill the nonchalant fighter wheeled away from Gonzales at the staredowns conclusion with out ever peering into the depths of his soul. Is Russell chicken? You might think Russell is Apparently beyond such archaic rituals due to having in his possession the 2nd best arsenal of blazing artilliary in the entire feather weight division. Russell himself foretold that he was going to run Gonzales into the left hook days before fight even started. Russell was crisp ..clean and clinical as if he was standing under a shade tree while he traded vicious bombs with the champ in close quarters. After the fight ....Russell looked bored an disinterested as he almost cracked a sleepy looking half smile as if he woke up from a sweet dream and didnt just win a piece of the featherweight title.
Maybe Donaire or Walters will offer their services in the months to come...maybe he can earn a rematch against Lomo in 2016 if the former 2 time olympic champ doesnt move up in weight as it appears he may have to do to accomodate his growing body. Whenever he fights again I'm going to have to have a front row seat to determine if what I'm watching is even real.
Even though Russell looked especially good in this romp, to quote my noticeably absent friend The Shadow, "He don't want that work" Lomo is too strong, and too much of a technician for Russell. I think we can safely agree, that Russell's greatest asset is his speed. Lomo neutralized that early in their bout. Unfortunately for Russell, he does not hit hard enough to back Lomo up either. However, great fights are still on the horizon for him. Donaire would be a nice one that I might favor Gary in. I wouldn't mind seeing him tussle with Santa Cruz, Gradovich, Selby, or even the dude that recently KO'd Chris John, Vetyeka. There are several great fights for him in and around his weight class.


-brownsugar :

Even though Russell looked especially good in this romp, to quote my noticeably absent friend The Shadow, "He don't want that work" Lomo is too strong, and too much of a technician for Russell. I think we can safely agree, that Russell's greatest asset is his speed. Lomo neutralized that early in their bout. Unfortunately for Russell, he does not hit hard enough to back Lomo up either. However, great fights are still on the horizon for him. Donaire would be a nice one that I might favor Gary in. I wouldn't mind seeing him tussle with Santa Cruz, Gradovich, Selby, or even the dude that recently KO'd Chris John, Vetyeka. There are several great fights for him in and around his weight class.
Awesome analysis.... Absolutely Good Doctor. That's why i said 2016... But i have a feeling Lomo will move up...he already weighs as much as a junior Welter before fights. And lucky for Russell. I think Russell can crack .... But not with his barbeque fanning arm punches that he often employs against fighters that have the reach and reflexes to return fire. Also Lomanchenko has perfected his exceptional footwork to the point where he's a hard man for anyone to load up on. And finally Russell is still spouting excuses for losing the fight which he says he lost in the sauna. I'd feel better if he owned the loss and admitted that V-Lo was the better man.... It would certainly help the healing and learning process. Like Mayweather recently said....he doesnt want to know what his opponent does poorly ...he wants to know what his opponent does well so he can take THAT away. Without acknowledging how he lost how can he learn how to win that fight with Lomo? However he is cognizant or the fact that he let himself and his fans down... He was relaxed and poised against a boxer who is known for ending fights violently if given the chance....Russell knew not to let him into the fight which showed some growth on his behalf.... What about Walters... Can Russell get some work from the boxer-puncher Champ from the islands? Come back Shadow.....come back!


-The Commish :

G-Russ did not win the fight because he is a tsAH fighter. He won because Jhonny Gonzalez had nothing to offset that amazing speed and couldn't keep his chin off the end of G-Russ' shots. From the beginning, tsAH knew what he was doing. He signed up talent after talent and now has close to 200 of them signed up. Maybe I will start laying some money on his guys. They win because they're good, not because of any other reason. -Randy G.