24-year old 2008 U.S. Olympian Gary Russell (21-0, 13 KO) of Capitol Heights, Maryland, continued his steady rise as a professional with a highlight reel third-round knockout of replacement foe 21-year old Roberto Castaneda (20-3-1, 15 KO) of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
Both men weighed in near the Featherweight limit on 126 lbs., Russell at 126 ¾ and Castaneda at 125.
Russell landed a booming left cross from his southpaw stance and knocked Castaneda off balance but Castaneda quickly got his feet back set. Russell boxed patiently from there, controlling the action with his right jab through the remainder of the opening frame. The same was true through most of the second, Russell scoring points and waiting for his opening.
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