Intro To Gary Russell Jr.

BY The Sweet Science ON June 16, 2014
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The highly touted Gary Russell Jr., won the 2005 National Golden Gloves Championship at the age of 16. Despite his success as an amateur, he has received a fair amount of criticism since turning pro. His doubters say that he has coasted to his perfect 24-0 record without facing any of the top opposition. On Saturday,June 21, Russell will face his toughest challenge to date in Vasyl Lomachenko, perhaps the most celebrated amateur boxer in history. Can Russell silence his critics with a victory over the Ukrainian and earn his first world title? Watch the video below to learn what inspires Russell, and don’t miss This Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event featuring Russell vs. Lomachenko, live at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on SHOWTIME.

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Guerrero vs. Kamegai is a 12-round fight promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. In the co-main event Gary Russell Jr. faces Ukrainian star Vasyl Lomachenko in a 12-round showdown for the vacant WBO World Featherweight Title and in the opener Devon Alexander will face off against Jesus Soto Karass in a 10-round super welterweight match up. It will take place at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and will air as the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® main event live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) and will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).

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The Commish says:

It's the 2005 National GG Champ with a world of speed and talent vs perhaps the greatest amateur of all time, Vasyl Lomachenko. It doesn't get better than this.

V-Lo has been moved very fast, while G-Russ has been moved very slow against mediocre opposition. Could be that's the story of the fight right there.

Expect to see plenty of movement and lightning from G-Russ early on, and steady, effective pressure (counter-shots and some wicked body punching from V-Lo). As the rounds go by--and they will--V-Lo will force G-Russ into exchanges, and begin to test his heart. G-Russ is not used to two-sided fights, and in this, we'll find out what he is made out of. I have a feeling he's tougher than we think.

In the trenches and in the exchanges, G-Russ will outland V-Lo. However, the shots G-Russ will take will be much harder than the ones he is landing, and there will be the end of the bout.

I see G-Russ backed against the ropes late in the fight, taking heavy punishment when referee Jack Reiss steps in to call an end to the contest.

I've been thinking about this fight for a long time. Lots of us have.

On Saturday, the wait is over.

Two former amateur stars clash for a professional world title.

As Mills Lane used to say, "Let's get it on!"

-Randy G.

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