Gary Russell Jr.
|Gary Russell Jr.|
Russell Jr. in 2010
|Height||5 ft 4 1⁄2 in (164 cm)|
|Reach||64 in (163 cm)|
June 5, 1988 |
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Wins by KO||17|
Gary Russell Jr. (born June 5, 1988) is an American professional boxer. He has held the WBC featherweight title since 2015, and as an amateur he won a bronze medal in the bantamweight division at the 2005 World Championships. Russell was voted Prospect of the Year for 2011 by The Ring magazine, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN.
Amateur career and Olympics
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.
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 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.
On November 26, 2011, Russell was originally scheduled to face Dat Ngyuen, who was forced to withdraw after suffering a knee injury the week before 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.
Russell would get his first professional title shot in 2014, when he faced Ukrainian prospect Vasyl Lomachenko for the vacant WBO featherweight title. Lomachenko, fighting just his third pro fight after a record-breaking amateur career, beat Russell by majority decision (116-112, 116-112, 114-114). Russell would claim his first belt the next year, beating holder Jhonny Gonzalez by TKO to take the WBC featherweight title. Russell dominated the latter fight, putting the Mexican down once in the third round and twice in the fourth to draw the stoppage.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|30 fights||29 wins||1 loss|
|30||Win||29–1||Joseph Diaz||UD||12||May 19, 2018||MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S.||Retained WBC featherweight title|
|29||Win||28–1||Óscar Escandón||TKO||7 (12), 0:59||May 20, 2017||MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S.||Retained WBC featherweight title|
|28||Win||27–1||Patrick Hyland||KO||2 (12), 1:33||Apr 16, 2016||Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.||Retained WBC featherweight title|
|27||Win||26–1||Jhonny González||TKO||4 (12), 0:37||Mar 28, 2015||Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won WBC featherweight title|
|26||Win||25–1||Christopher Martin Peña||UD||10||Dec 20, 2014||Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, U.S.|
|25||Loss||24–1||Vasyl Lomachenko||MD||12||Jun 21, 2014||StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.||For vacant WBO featherweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||Miguel Tamayo||KO||4 (8), 1:04||Jan 30, 2014||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|23||Win||23–0||Juan Ruiz||UD||10||Aug 9, 2013||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
|22||Win||22–0||Vyacheslav Gusev||UD||10||Mar 2, 2013||The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|21||Win||21–0||Roberto Castaneda||KO||3 (10), 1:25||Nov 9, 2012||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
|20||Win||20–0||Christopher Pérez||TKO||3 (10), 1:41||Jun 30, 2012||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Heriberto Ruiz||KO||1 (10), 2:12||Nov 26, 2011||U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|18||Win||18–0||Leonilo Miranda||UD||8||Sep 3, 2011||Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Eric Estrada||UD||8||Jul 23, 2011||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Antonio Meza||KO||4 (8), 2:42||Jun 17, 2011||State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Adolfo Landeros||UD||6||Apr 15, 2011||Longshoremen's Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Feider Viloria||TD||7 (8), 0:50||Jan 28, 2011||Four Points by Sheraton, San Diego, California, U.S.||Unanimous TD after Viloria was cut from an accidental head clash|
|13||Win||13–0||Guadalupe de Leon||UD||6||Oct 28, 2010||Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Willie Villanueva||KO||1 (6), 2:56||Sep 25, 2010||Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Mauricio Pastrana||TKO||1 (6), 1:46||Jul 22, 2010||Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Rodrigo Aranda||KO||2 (6), 0:34||Jun 24, 2010||Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Carlos Diaz||KO||1 (6), 1:32||Apr 16, 2010||The New Daisy Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Jairo Delgado||KO||1 (6), 2:38||Feb 19, 2010||Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||David Orosco Cano||TKO||1 (4), 2:58||Jan 30, 2010||Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Rodrigo Romero||TKO||3 (4), 0:38||Dec 18, 2009||Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Hinckley, Minnesota, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Noe Lopez Jr.||UD||4||Oct 23, 2009||Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Jason Jones||TKO||1 (4), 0:28||Aug 7, 2009||Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Alvaro Muro||UD||4||May 1, 2009||Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||John Wampash||UD||4||Feb 14, 2009||BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Antonio Reyes||TKO||3 (4), 0:21||Jan 16, 2009||Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.||Professional debut|
- Doug Fischer (December 28, 2011). "Readers vote Gary Russell Jr. the Prospect of the Year for 2011". The Ring. Archived from the original on January 22, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- Chris Mannix (December 19, 2011). "Prospect of the Year - Gary Russell Jr. - SI.com's 2011 Boxing Awards". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
- Dan Rafael (December 27, 2011). "2011 ESPN.com prospect of the year Gary Russell Jr". ESPN. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- "U.S. boxer Russell collapses, out of Olympics - 2008 Olympics - SI.com". CNN. August 8, 2008.
- "Russell Jr. eager to take the next step after another easy victory". RingTV.com. July 24, 2010.
- Professional boxing record for Gary Russell Jr. from BoxRec
- Gary Russell Jr. amateur boxing record
- Gary Russell Jr. profile at Premier Boxing Champions
|Amateur boxing titles|
|U.S. Golden Gloves
|U.S. bantamweight champion
|World boxing titles|
|WBC featherweight champion
March 28, 2015 – present
1988; discontinued until 2011
|The Ring Prospect of the Year