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PREDICTION PAGE: Lomachenko or Russell Jr?

BY The Sweet Science ON June 18, 2014
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June 18, 2014, Los Angeles, Ca. ---- Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko will take on undefeated Gary Russell Jr. for the vacant WBO World Featherweight championship, Saturday, June 21 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, televised on SHOWTIME.

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thegreyman says:

For all the discussion we've had on this one, it's still a tough one to call at the end of the day, due to Russell's relatively untesting career.

Predicting Russell's performance is a shot in the dark. Yes he has speed and power, combinations and timing, but are they good enough to mix with the best.

My prediction is- Lomachenko has the timing, accuracy, experience and power on Russell. He's more technically competent, and will time Russell on his flashy combinations. Will the shots be enough to put Russell down? I can't say, but I see the fight swinging further in Lomachenko's favour as the rounds go by. We've yet to see how Russell takes a really good shot, or an accumulation of good shots.

Either KO or UD I'm not sure, but it'll be Lomachenko's fight.

Highly competetive and entertaining are the only things I'm certain of... Can't wait!

oubobcat says:

I have stated from the start that Lomachenko will win and an sticking with that prediction.

These are two very skilled fighters. To me, Lomachenko is a notch forward in his career at the moment than Russell and the experience Lomachenko gained from the Salido fight will help him greatly in this fight against Russell. Russell, despite 24 pro fights, has limited pro experience in my opinion and has never been pushed or challenged as a pro due to the level of opponent he has faced.

All that said, its a very competitive and intriguing fight. I am going with Lomachenko by decision in a skilled and entertaining affair.

The Commish says:

Mark another one for V-Lo. I just can't see him losing, other than by a close decision. He may have some early trouble in dealing with Ruswsell's speed, but the problems he encounters will not be insurmountable.

V-Lo will stay close aqnd mix his punches up well. He'll score both to the head and to the body. As the fight wears on, Russell will find himself drawn into more and more exchanges. That's exactly what Russell does not want.

V-Lo will finish strong, leaving no doubt as to who the victor is.

V-Lo by unanimous decision.

-Randy G.

Skibbz says:

+1 Vasyl Lomachenko..

However I think if Gary comes out of the blocks gleaming and hot then it will make it interesting. I can't remember too well, but how worked did Vasyl look when he stepped into the ring against Salido? If he hasn't got his sweat on I think Gary may just take the first few rounds and then we will have a FOTY candidate on our hands.

If Gary fails to snatch the early rounds, Lomachenko's confidence will rise and he will become unplayable. I would implore Gary to do his best in the first 3 and try to build a bridgehead. Much easier said than done but he must try. Only when he gives up will he lose, and he can't afford to give up on risk of getting his jaw cracked by the Ukrainian, and hard.

thegreyman says:

+1 Vasyl Lomachenko..

However I think if Gary comes out of the blocks gleaming and hot then it will make it interesting. I can't remember too well, but how worked did Vasyl look when he stepped into the ring against Salido? If he hasn't got his sweat on I think Gary may just take the first few rounds and then we will have a FOTY candidate on our hands.

If Gary fails to snatch the early rounds, Lomachenko's confidence will rise and he will become unplayable. I would implore Gary to do his best in the first 3 and try to build a bridgehead. Much easier said than done but he must try. Only when he gives up will he lose, and he can't afford to give up on risk of getting his jaw cracked by the Ukrainian, and hard.


Very good analysis Skibbz.

The initial rounds are crucial to Russell, as the fight will only swing further in Loma's favour as the rounds go by. Loma's a very intelligent fighter- you don't want to give him the chance to figure you out or you're gone. Russell will need to set his own pace from the start, and try to keep Loma on the back foot while he banks some rounds. He's got the speed to do it, but Lomachenko's got the experience to deal with it. He'd better watch out while pushing the fight though, or he'll play straight into Lomachenko's timed counters and traps.

SouthPawFlo says:

Gary Russell in a Wipeout, the kid has more hand speed, punches in combinations, he has a good corner and he's just an overall better fighter in my opinion....



He's a professional, fighting against a glorified amateur.

deepwater2 says:

And what an amateur Vl was, 396-1 !

Russell had a great amateur career too but instead of the highlights, hand injuries and passing out in the locker room is what people remember most.

What would Russell have done against the Salido that was in the ring against VL?

All the TBA's that Russell fought added up does not equal one (over the weight limit) Salido.

SouthPawFlo says:

I must admit being from Washington, DC I'm a Gary Russell fan, so my opinion may be biased, but this kid is Fast, I mean Freaky Fast...


People can talk about his competition which everyone can agree isn't the best by a long shot, but he's went through 20+ professional training camps, 20+ professional weigh ins, fought with professional judges, professional referees, fought professional sparring partners, this isn't the same as the minor leagues with head gear on...


I don't think VL has seen anything that fast in the amateurs.

Radam G says:

I must admit being from Washington, DC I'm a Gary Russell fan, so my opinion may be biased, but this kid is Fast, I mean Freaky Fast...


People can talk about his competition which everyone can agree isn't the best by a long shot, but he's went through 20+ professional training camps, 20+ professional weigh ins, fought with professional judges, professional referees, fought professional sparring partners, this isn't the same as the minor leagues with head gear on...


I don't think VL has seen anything that fast in the amateurs.


I don't know about what freaky fast is. The hos tell me it is a minute man. Hehe! [I luv 'em (hos) long time.]

Seriously, though, but I do know that G-Russ Junebug is an illusionist of speed. He has a ton of people fooled with his histrionics, flaunting and stiff movements trying to look as if he has blazing speed. Well he doesn't. And it will show against V-Lo.

G-RJ has done a boxing trick of awesome speed against turtle-speed tomato cans like old track stars, such as the late, great Jessie Owens and the disgraced steriod-sipping-and-injecting Ben Johnson use to do against racing against super-fast thoroughbred horses.

G-RJ's optical illusion of speed won't fly against moving-and-punching back V-Lo. G-RJ will not find a target all night. Then he will be immobilized by fright. He will be hitting air and the rays coming from the overhead squared jungle lights. Holla!

SouthPawFlo says:

I guess we'll just have to see on Saturday...


Someone has to win the fight, I just think The Boy Gary will have his hand raised...


Speed kills....

Radam G says:

I guess we'll just have to see on Saturday...


Someone has to win the fight, I just think The Boy Gary will have his hand raised...


Speed kills....

AGREED! We we'll see on Saturday. And ditto "Speed kills...." Not an optical illusion of such. "The Boy Gary" doesn't have much. And though he is fighting near Hollywood, he is not in a movie. So there be no stunt persons and no "take one, take two." This thing is for real, and he is going to get beat black and blue.

He does not seem to understand what is going on. But after Saturday night, he will realize that with the big boys, he doesn't yet belong. And if I'm wrong, I'm wrong. Holla!

Radam G says:

I guess we'll just have to see on Saturday...


Someone has to win the fight, I just think The Boy Gary will have his hand raised...


Speed kills....

AGREED! We we'll see on Saturday. And ditto "Speed kills...." Not an optical illusion of such. "The Boy Gary" doesn't have much. And though he is fighting near Hollywood, he is not in a movie. So there be no stunt persons and no "take one, take two." This thing is for real, and he is going to get beat black and blue.

He does not seem to understand what is going on. But after Saturday night, he will realize that with the big boys, he doesn't yet belong. And if I'm wrong, I'm wrong. Holla!

DaveB says:

I don't know how good Russell is or ain't but I'm just not impressed by Lomachenko from what I've seen so far. Could this kid turn things around? Very definitely but until he does I'll be waiting. I'm picking Gary Russell in a pig in the poke kind of way.

the Roast says:

This should be the main event. I'm gonna plagiarize off Deep and others here. Lomachenko learned more against Salido than Russell has learned in his whole pro career. I'll take Loma by UD.

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