Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Arum: Gary Russell Will Become Another Andre Berto

By Mitch Abramson
 
The promoter Bob Arum continued his verbal assault on the undefeated featherweight Garry Russell Jr., saying on Tuesday that Russell should never have been allowed to fight an eight-round bout against a lackluster opponent, like he did on Saturday, on HBO because it “hurts the brand.” Arum also took aim at Andre Berto, who won the IBF welterweight title against Jan Zaveck on Saturday, condemning the way he’s been developed by his handlers. As a result, Berto will “never amount to anything special,” according to Arum. Berto and Russell both fought on Saturday on HBO.

Of course, Arum does not promote either Russell or Berto, who have a combined record of 46-1.

“Gary Russell- maybe he ends up being a good fighter,” Arum said during a presser in Manhattan to hype Manny Pacquiao’s Nov. 12 bout with Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas. “But for them to handle him this way is wrong. He’ll become, trust me, another [Andre] Berto, who has never been schooled, was lucky that he cut this guy [Zaveck was unable to continue because of a cut over his right eye] or else he would have been beat."

"And the problem is that Berto is a nice young man- they’ve showered him with money by HBO, and as a consequence has never been prepared to fight at the higher level. There’s no way that a Berto, who is really schooled, loses to an [Victor] Ortiz. He has natural talent, a lot of charisma, but he’ll never amount to anything special.”

During a conference call last week, Arum called Russell Jr., who improved to 18-0 on Saturday and has some of the fastest hands in the sport, “another Al Haymon invention,” a reference to Russell’s manager, Al Haymon, who is also Berto’s manager.

Mitch Abramson covers boxing for the New York Daily News and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sicko on 09-07-2011

[QUOTE=spoonwars;11097549]A prospect like Russell in a fight like last week belongs no better on a FNF, Shobox, or equivalent. What Arum's talking about the kid is too much at this stage though, but opinion's opinion. A trend with the latest…

Comment by mrjoeblive on 09-07-2011

[QUOTE=Fighting Pride;11099023]Arum is right. It's the same thing fans have been complaining about on forums. HBO giving these guys easy fight after fight and garaunteed millions can't be beneficial for them or the fighter. Berto, Devon Alexander, Bradley either being…

Comment by mrjoeblive on 09-07-2011

[QUOTE=apunchnotseen;11096942]Wow Bob do you think people listen to you. [B]It's like Bernie Madoff calling wall street crooked.[/B] Chavez jrs career has been the biggest farce in boxing, and let's not even start to talk about what happened to Juanma the…

Comment by mrjoeblive on 09-07-2011

[QUOTE=Pullcounter;11096684]if russel jr gets the star treatment before he even gets tested, he will turn into another berto... a spoiled brat[/QUOTE] hey pull, berto is not a spoiled brat. he has a rep as a very nice young man that…

Comment by daggum on 09-07-2011

do you think al haymon can successfully get title fights limited to 4 rounds so berto stays forever-champ?

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (40)
Top Headlines Damon Jones vs. James Metcalf, British Eliminator Set, 10/21 Usyk vs. Huck: Otto Wallin vs. Timur Stark Added To The Card Euro News: Braehmer-Brant, Pawel Stepien, Pierre Madsen, More Andre Ward: We Could See Mayweather Win With BIG Knockout Pacquiao-Horn Funding Issue Resolved: Manny Plans To Fight Lomachenko-Rigondeaux Close For December 9 on ESPN Golovkin-Canelo and The Right Amount of 'Marinate' Andre Ward Warns Tony Bellew: This Ain't a Movie, This is Real! Cyborg Backs Mayweather To Win, Would Love To Enter Boxing Lennox Lewis: Mayweather Should Not Be 50-0, Fight is a Farce! McGregor: I'm Ready To Change The Face of The Fight Game Berto: If McGregor Beats Mayweather - It's a Big Blow To Boxing McGregor: Mayweather Would Need To Reincarnate Bruce Lee! Pacquiao-Horn: Funding Pulled Until Manny Commits To Rematch Andre Ward: Facing Anthony Joshua is NOT Off The Table! Video: Dillian Whyte Ready For Deontay Wilder, Discusses Future Andre Ward on Top Rank Rumors, Says HBO Contract is Up Yomar Alamo Blasts Zsigmond Vaas in One For WBC Youth Belt Sean Dodd Stops Antonio Horvatic In Tom Stalker Warm-Up Photos: Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Mike Alvarado Smash Opponents Lipinets Rips Indongo, Says IBF Title Was 'Stolen' From Him Crawford on Facing Pacquiao-Horn Winner Next: I'm All For It! Mayweather Not Focused on Surpassing Marciano's Mark of 49-0 Photos: Crawford Demolishes Indongo To Become Undisputed! Photos: Dillian Whyte, Bryant Jennings Blast Out Opponents Photos: Shakur Stevenson Dominates To Win Third FIght Joe Selkirk: I Came Back To Win a World Title Whyte: My Body Shots Would Make Wilder Fall in Three or Four! Video: Bryant Jennings Talks Wilder-Ortiz, Crawford, More Video: Andre Ward Talks Crawford, Kovalev, Stevenson, More Video: Teddy Atlas Talks Crawford, Lomachenko, Spence, More Golovkin's Trainer: If We Get Robbed With Canelo - It's Our Fault Cornflake Retires From Boxing After Winning WBC Latino Title Indongo: When Terence Crawford Hit Me - It Hurt So Bad! Pacquiao vs. Horn Rematch Negotiations Heat Up in Australia Maurice Hooker Continues Unbeaten Run, Defeats Jackson Clayton Laurent Wins Big in Pro Debut With a Knockout Terence Crawford Crushes Julius Indongo in Three To Unify Crawford vs. Indongo - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Oleksandr Gvozdyk Blasts Out Craig Baker
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement