Gary Russell Jr: Beating Lomachenko Would Kill Two Birds

By Edward Chaykovsky

This coming Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, undefeated yet untested Gary Russell Jr. (24-0, 14 KOs) will go against perhaps the most prolific amateur boxer of all-time, Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO), of Ukraine, in a 12-rounder for the vacant WBO Featherweight World Championship. The fight will be showcased as the co-featured attraction of a Showtime televised tripleheader.
"It's actually a little funny standing here getting ready to compete for a world title based on the fact that I was never a fighter that said I wanted to be a world champion until I was on the U.S. Olympic team," Russell said.

"I was one of the favorites to medal (in the Olympics) and to not be able to compete was devastating. The only way that I could make it up to my fans and family was to become a world champion, plain and simple.

"In this situation I get the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. My competitor fought in the Olympics and I can also become a world champion on this card. I can become a world champion on Saturday as well as beating an Olympian. It's the best of both worlds.''

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BattleAxePurist on 06-23-2014

If he dies, he dies.

Comment by Deevel916 on 06-23-2014

[QUOTE=BigAlexSand;14679625]Funny considering [B]many fighter in the past and present have padded their beginning of their career to gain experience and learn their best techniques[/B]. Lomo is what I call another great white hope and I'm a Mexican White boy.[/QUOTE] Isnt…

Comment by Wyvceo on 06-20-2014

[QUOTE=Cgarcia;14679373]TBA? The Biggest Avoider? or TBD, The Biggest Duck (Evah) Funny that TBA also stands for To Be Announced, or TBD, To Be Decided. Two acronyms Haymon fighters are usually associated with. Peterson is back in August vs TBA/TBD. Berto…

Comment by BigAlexSand on 06-20-2014

[QUOTE=Deevel916;14678878]Personally I'd rather see this than watch a pro have 25 pro fights padding his record with tomato cans before he fights anyone with a pulse. At least Loma is daring to make a statement right out of the gate.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by BigAlexSand on 06-20-2014

[QUOTE=jmrf4435;14678524]Lomechenko will own this guy. I've never seen a more hyped resume than "GARY RUSSELL JR", it's border line comical!! Who is he? When? and Where does he fight?[/QUOTE] How exactly is his resume "Hyped"... no one is hyping thus…

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