Gary Russell, Jr.

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Gary Russell, Jr.
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Russell in 2010
Real name Gary Russell, Jr.
Nickname(s) Mr.
Rated at Featherweight (126 lb)
Super Featherweight (130 lb)
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Reach 61 in (155 cm)
Nationality United States American
Born (1988-06-05) June 5, 1988 (age 26)
Washington, D.C.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 27
Wins 26
Wins by KO 15
Losses 1
Draws 0
No contests 0

Gary Russell, Jr., (born June 5, 1988) is an American professional boxer who is the current WBC Featherweight champion and brother of 2010 National Golden Gloves champion Gary Allen Russell III, 2013 National Golden Gloves champion Gary Antonio Russell and 2014 National Golden Gloves champion Gary Antuanne Russell.[1] After a decorated amateur career that culminated in a spot at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Russell turned pro in 2009.[2] When he was an amateur, Sugar Ray Leonard compared Russell to himself.[3]

Russell was selected as the 2011 Prospect of the Year by,[4],[5] and[6]

Amateur career and Olympics[edit]

Russell was born in Washington D.C.. At age 16, he won both the U.S. Championships and the Golden Gloves in 2005. He became one of only two boxers to win both the U.S. Championships and National Golden Gloves before his 17th birthday. In October 2005, the small southpaw boxer-puncher had a record of 163-10.

In November 2005, at the world championships in Mianyang, Russell beat Bulgarian Detelin Stefanov Dalakliev, 25-21, in the first round; dec. Canadian Tyson Cave, 22-9, in the second round; dec. Jordanian Al Gharaghir Ibrahim, 34-13 before losing to German Rustamhodza Rahimov, 28-17 thus winning the bronze medal at age 17 (joining Rau'shee Warren) and was named 2005 USA BOXING Athlete of the year.

Russell repeated his national title win in 2006, at the US championships 2007 injuring his hands in the process.

At the Olympic Trials 2007, Russell sensationally lost to Roberto Marroquin in his first fight (17:18), his first defeat to a countryman in eight years, but beat him twice later and bested national champion Rios to qualify. Russell became only the fourth boxer in U.S. team history to lose in the opening round and rebound to win his weight class, the others were Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones, Jr. and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

At the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago, Russell beat Ali Hallab to qualify for the Olympics but was beaten soundly by Russia's eventual winner Sergey Vodopyanov 16-6 and didn't medal.

Russell's quest for a medal ended prematurely as he missed the Olympic weigh-in hours after losing consciousness in his Olympic Village dorm room.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Russell stopped Antonio Reyes at 0:21 of the third round of his pro debut, as he began his ascension to the top of the division.

Russell Jr made his HBO debut on Saturday night against Leonilo Miranda, the co-feature to the Jan Zaveck vs. Andre Berto main event from the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.[3]

Russell had a stellar 2011, defeating Feider Viloria, Adolfo Landeros, Antonio Meza, and Leonilo Miranda. On July 23 Russell faced Eric Estrada on the undercard for the Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah fight at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Russell put on a brilliant performance winning an easy unanimous decision.[8]

On November 26, 2011, Russell was originally scheduled to face Dat Ngyuen, who was forced to withdraw after suffering a knee injury last week during training camp. Instead, Russell defeated Mexico's Heriberto Ruiz on November 26, 2011 at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio with a stunning knockout at 2:12 in the first round.

Professional boxing record[edit]

26 Wins (15 knockouts, 11 decisions), 1 Loss, 0 Draws [9]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 26–1 Mexico Jhonny González TKO 4 (12), 0:37 2015-03-28 United States Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC Featherweight title.
Win 25–1 United States Christopher Martin Peña UD 10 2014-12-20 United States Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington
Loss 24–1 Ukraine Vasyl Lomachenko MD 12 2014-06-21 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California For vacant WBO Featherweight title.
Win 24–0 Mexico Miguel Tamayo KO 4 (8), 1:04 2014-01-30 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Win 23–0 United States Juan Ruiz UD 10 2013-08-09 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Win 22–0 Russia Vyacheslav Gusev UD 10 2013-03-02 United States Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 21–0 Mexico Roberto Castaneda KO 3 (10), 1:25 2012-11-09 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Win 20–0 Mexico Christopher Pérez TKO 3 (10), 1:41 2012-06-30 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Win 19–0 Mexico Heriberto Ruiz KO 1 (10), 2:12 2011-11-26 United States U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win 18–0 Mexico Leonilo Miranda UD 8 2011-09-03 United States Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
Win 17–0 United States Eric Estrada UD 8 2011-07-23 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 16–0 Mexico Antonio Meza KO 4 (8), 2:42 2011-06-17 United States State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas
Win 15–0 Mexico Adolfo Landeros UD 6 2011-04-15 United States Longshoremen's Hall, San Francisco, California
Win 14–0 Colombia Feider Viloria TD 7 (8), 0:50 2011-01-28 United States Four Points by Sheraton, San Diego, California
Win 13–0 United States Guadalupe de Leon UD 6 2010-10-28 United States L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California
Win 12–0 United States Willie Villanueva KO 1 (6), 2:56 2010-09-25 United States Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi
Win 11–0 Colombia Mauricio Pastrana TKO 1 (6), 1:46 2010-07-22 United States L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California
Win 10–0 Mexico Rodrigo Aranda KO 2 (6), 0:34 2010-06-24 United States L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California
Win 9–0 Puerto Rico Carlos Diaz KO 1 (6), 1:32 2010-04-16 United States Omni New Daisy Theater, Memphis, Tennessee
Win 8–0 United States Jairo Delgado KO 1 (6), 2:38 2010-02-19 United States Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Win 7–0 United States David Orosco Cano TKO 1 (4), 2:58 2010-01-30 United States Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi
Win 6–0 United States Rodrigo Romero TKO 3 (4), 0:38 2009-12-18 United States Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Hinckley, Minnesota
Win 5–0 Mexico Noe Lopez, Jr. UD 4 2009-10-23 United States Laredo Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas
Win 4–0 United States Jason Jones TKO 1 (4), 0:28 2009-08-07 United States Buffalo Bill's Resort & Casino, Primm, Nevada
Win 3–0 Mexico Alvaro Muro UD 4 2009-05-01 United States Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California
Win 2–0 Ecuador John Wampash UD 4 2009-02-14 United States BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida
Win 1–0 United States Antonio Reyes TKO 3 (4), 0:21 2009-01-16 United States Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma Professional debut.

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Preceded by
Jhonny González
WBC Featherweight Champion
March 28, 2015 – present