Gary Russell fights for his first major title after just 5 ½ years in the pro ranks. Vasyl Lomachenko goes for his second title shot in just eight months in the pro ranks.
Russell was a gifted amateur who served on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing squad. His dreams ended at the scales, passing out due to dehydration during the weigh-in the morning of his first scheduled bout.
Lomachenko was a gifted amateur who twice captured Olympic gold for his native Ukraine, as well as earning the Val Barker Award as the standout fighter of the ’08 Olympics.
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