Gary Russell Jr: Lomachenko Still Fights Like an Amateur

By Mike Coppinger

When spoke to Gary Russell Jr. last month, he hadn't yet watched all of Vasyl Lomachenko's loss to Orlando Salido. What he did see, though, didn't leave him impressed.

"From the little bit that I did see, it showed me that he still fights like an amateur," Russell said. "He’s not comfortable with changes in style, he’s not comfortable when a guy gets rough. He doesn’t know how to make the adjustments on the fly. He doesn’t understand that. He doesn’t think that we’re going to take advantage of that in the fight."

Does Russell feel Lomachenko has learned from his only professional bout?

"You never really know. Hopefully he does, every fight that you have is a learning experience. Hopefully he goes back, he pays attention to the fight, he figures out the mistakes that he made and makes the necessary adjustments."

Russell has yet to step up as a pro, but he's gained seasoning from his 24 fights in the pro ranks. He believes Saturday's WBO title bout with Lomachenko at the StubHub Center in Carson, California will lead to a lengthy reign over the featherweight division.

"I think I’m too much for anyone in the division," he said. "I think experience is definitely going to play a factor in the fight. I think it’ll definitely play a factor in the fight."

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

Been away for the weekend, but how many minutes after the fight did the racist floydspastics disown GRj?:lol1:

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Comment by Red Cyclone on 06-22-2014

Fight was great, Russel Jr is now eating his words I think the fight was not as close as judges had it. It certainly wasn't a draw! Russel is good though he will just need to revise his options. What…

Comment by noStylez on 06-22-2014

[QUOTE=brickcityboxing;14685422]Why all the hate on russel though ? The kid got dominated but gave Loma a go .. The truth is if russel watched the tape of Loma vs salido, Loma did look like an amateur, he didn't have an…

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