Gary Russell Jr. Open To Fighting Gamboa, Ponce, John

By Luis Sandoval

Gary Russell Jr is coming off a spectacular 3rd round knockout over Robert Castaneda as he once again dazzled us with his speed and power. While Russell has been producing some highlight reel knockouts in his last couple fights, many are starting to wonder when the 2008 Olympian will step into the ring and put his skills to the test against a big name opponent.

BoxingScene ran a story when I spoke with Russell after his fight with Castaneda where he said he would like a shot at current WBC Featherweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon in 2013. It’s a fight Russell reiterated wanting when he was on BoxingScene’s official radio show The Boxing Lab and even said De Leon is tailored made for him.

“I see me getting a few more fights in and actually trying to go for one of these major titles. Ponce De Leon is one of the guys with the titles. I feel as though he is tailor made for me. His style is perfect for [me]. He would make my job a lot easier based on the fact of his style. I'm ready” said Russell.

While Russell would like to take on Ponce De Leon, he is also open to take on the other big names in the Featherweight division. If a De Leon fight isn’t available, there are definitely other names Russell would look at.

“I would definitely love to [fight] Juan Manuel Lopez. But I also know he just came back off his suspension so I would actually want for him to get 2 or 3 tune up fights before he competes against me because if he fights me and I beat him convincingly and easily like I've been doing everyone else, that would give him a little bit of an excuse of why I beat him the way that I would because of his inactivity. So I would want him to get in the ring and get his rhythm back before he steps in the ring and fights me because I don't want any excuses” Russell would tell The Boxing Lab.

While many fans are anxious to see Russell step up and fight a champion, he understands things can’t be rushed and need to take their time. A couple more fights in and Russell will look for his title shot mid to late 2013. But make no mistake about it, Russell feels he’s already ready to fight the best and feels he’d be effective against all of them.

“I'm 100% comfortable and content. I feel as though that the talent that I possess and what I bring to the ring against any of those guys who are supposed to be the top name guys, the Yuriorkis Gamboas, the Ponce De Leons, and Chris John and etc. my style I feel as though would be very effective against these guys. So I'm 100% confident I'm ready” said the former 2008 Olympian.

Russell hasn’t been as active in 2012 having only fought twice as he was plagued by both injuries and fights falling apart at the last minute. He hopes to make 2013 a big year and from the looks of it, fans will finally get to see Russell in the ring with a top name Featherweight.

You can listen to Russell’s interview in its entirety by listening to The Boxing Lab podcast:

You can follow Luis Sandoval on Twitter @truewest007. You can also tune in to BoxingScene’s official audio show The Boxing Lab every Tuesday from 6-8PM PST with hosts Ernest Gabion, Luis Sandoval, and Ryan Burton.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MASTER1454 on 11-16-2012

[QUOTE=nycsmooth;12700246]he'll never get John who hides in Indonesia, Gamboa will beat him so he takes Ponce...makes sense...[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Dudley;12700502]Chris John, I like how his "reign" goes unnoticed/non-impact to the Div lol so many sketchy "wins" it's pathetic really.[/QUOTE] There was an…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 11-16-2012

[QUOTE=richardt;12703199]Translation, being protected. Good thing Karim Mayfield, Javier Fortuna, and 100 others were willing to step up and put their undefeated records on the line against prospects, contenders, and former champs on ShoBox every week. Screw Russell and his lack…

Comment by richardt on 11-16-2012

[QUOTE=Corelone;12701737]He says he's ready now, though and I'm ready to bet he can do it.[/QUOTE]He didn't say he is ready. He wants a few more fights so the confidence is not there and was not there when he ducked Franco…

Comment by richardt on 11-16-2012

[QUOTE=hitking;12701103]Russell is being brought up in American, not Mexico or some piece of **** third world country like the Phillipines. He is being matched against different styles.QUOTE]Translation, being protected. Good thing Karim Mayfield, Javier Fortuna, and 100 others were willing…

Comment by Angry Cuban on 11-15-2012

I like Russell jr a lot...I think he will everybody @ 126 eventually..just not gamboa. Gamboa is my favourite boxer and a pure beast..

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