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Gary Russell Jr. Declines 50 Cent's Offer To Join SMS

(CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD.) - Gary Russell, Jr. (Capitol Heights, Md.) and his team, led by his father and trainer Gary Russell, Sr., are committed to their game plan for the undefeated featherweight's career. Russell has recently been courted by 50 Cent's SMS Promotions, but the 24-year-old has no plans to make changes to his team.

"Over the last few days, we've been getting a number of phone calls from 50 Cent's SMS Promotions.  They want us to sign with their camp.  I don't have anything against his team; but we are not interested...I'm not interested," Russell said. "Like I've said before Team Russell is not signed to any promotions team. I have a manager, Al Haymon, and he is the only person I'm signed with."

As boxing is a family affair in the Russell household, the 2008 Olympian and his team approach his career in the same manner.

"Growing up with all brothers, our father taught us a long time ago that loyalty is important. I feel the same way about my relationship with Al. We consider him a part of our boxing family.  Al has been a big part of my career and things are going smooth.  Our working relationship with Golden Boy Promotions has also been great," Russell said.We would not sign with any promotional team without having a conversation with Al.  We have watched folks commit what we feel is boxing suicide by going against the grain. We like the way I'm being moved along, and the dates, venues, and television time I have received have all been positive for my career. So while my team appreciates the offer, we chose to decline the proposal from SMS."

A 2008 Olympian, Russell enjoys a 22-0 record and has hopes to end the year as a World Champion. He is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Vyacheslav Gusev on March 2 in Las Vegas. Russell suffered a hairline fracture to his left hand in the 10 round win and has been advised by his doctor to rest the hand for six to eight weeks.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by STREET CLEANER on 03-13-2013

All of 50's fame and money cannot buy what Haymon has. 50 is going to black ball himself into a corner

Comment by SnakeVen0m on 03-13-2013

One thing to say about this..... GOOD!!! 50 is good for the sport because he can bring attention and media to it BUT he seems like he knows nothing about match making.

Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 03-13-2013

So GR jr. is not a Golden Boy fighter, never knew that.

Comment by tredh on 03-13-2013

The answer for Gary Russell was so easy I can't even say he was smart to say no cause that was the only answer he could give 50. I'm still not rolling with Russell or Haymon for the simple fact…

Comment by ThatDude44 on 03-13-2013

[QUOTE=Pacquiao'd;13137725]Especially during the ring entrances ha[/QUOTE] Ouch! Yeah, they're uneasy to watch, especially the one from the Gamboa fight. That sucks that his fighters can't use they're own choice of music to to get themselves pumped.

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