Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Golden Boy VP Sees Bright Future For Gary Russell Jr.

By Rick Reeno

Last Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, featherweight contender Gary Russell Jr. (24-1, 14KOs) suffered his first career defeat when he dropped a twelve round majority decision to the ultra-talented Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1KO). They battled for the vacant WBO championship.

Although Russell held the edge in his pro experience, Lomachenko was overall the more seasoned fighter with two Olympic gold medals and an amateur record of 396-1.

Going into the fight, there were question marks regarding Russell's ability to be competitive with a high caliber opponent. Lomachenko's second fight, which took place in March of this year, came against former champion Orlando Salido - who by far eclipsed the fighters on Russell's record.

Russell, even in defeat, proved that he was capable of being competitive with a boxer who many believe could very well be the best fighter in a very loaded featherweight division.

Following the bout, Russell received high praise from Top Rank VP Carl Moretti and Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman.

Golden Boy Promotions Vice President Eric Gomez expects Russell to learn from the loss, evolve, and return as a better fighter.

"Russell is going to come back. He showed a lot of heart. It was a tough fight. When you fight the best, and the guys are both highly skilled, both guys win. I don't think he lost anything. I think they thought Lomachenko was going to be a little more aggressive but Lomachenko boxed, he boxed a beautiful fight. Gary kept pressuring him and coming," Gomez told BoxingScene.com.

"It's just two guys who are young, they have lot of skill and there has be a winner and a loser. But I don't think Gary lost anything. I think he showed he's capable of competing in high level fights. I think if it would have been any other featherweight, any of the other champions, I think Gary would have won. But he can into a kid who was highly skilled with a lot of experience."

"When you have two gold medals and that much amateur experience, you can throw [his pro record] out the window. There are guys out there with 30 fights who don't have the fighting quality that Lomachenko does. This guy has more experience than any of the other pros."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Killer_of_Sheep on 06-25-2014

He just ran into one os the most talented young fighters of this generation. he'll be fine moving forward, should face some better opponents tough.

Comment by 33030 on 06-25-2014

Its really hard to put power behind that speed b/c you cant completely turn your hips to get power, but damn his hand speed is amazing, and he combos was nice... He fought a better fighter

Comment by g-wane on 06-25-2014

[QUOTE=Check_hooks;14695934]Not only does he have no power but he has brittle hands Loma laid out the blueprint on how to beat him and anyone with good footwork can beat him[/QUOTE] This by far is the most stupidest statement on this…

Comment by richardt on 06-25-2014

Russell is a good guy, a family man, and a SOLID fighter and will learn from the loss, just like Lom did which was noticeable in their fight. His hands though are the only real concern but hopefully they will…

Comment by baya on 06-25-2014

typical DC area wilter.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (16)
Top Headlines Jesus Cuellar vs. Abner Mares: Pre-Fight Report Card Artur Akavov May Move Down to 154 After Saunders Loss Jermall Charlo a Razor-Thin Favorite Against Julian Williams Joseph Parker Edges Andy Ruiz To Capture WBO Title Hughie Fury World Title Shot is Coming Soon, Says Frank Warren Joshua Vows: There Will Be a KO - Molina Will Tire and I'll Unload! Unbeaten Jeff Horn Overcomes Knockdown; Stops Ali Funeka in Sixth Froch Ridicules Golovkin: Your Best Wins Are Murray, Macklin! Making Cotto-Kirkland a PPV is Not a Healthy Start to New Year Video: Shawn Porter Discusses His Future, Predicts Fights Lenny Z Sees Freddie Roach as Difference Maker in Lipinets Bout Video: Demetrius Andrade on Culcay Fight, Wanting Erislandy Lara Schaefer: I Sort of Left on Top, Boxers Are Happy To Have Me Back! Video: Mikey Garcia, Schaefer on Getting McGregor in The Ring Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz - CompuBox Historical Review Molina Weighs 143.2 On Second Try; Gives Money to Crawford Video: Errol Spence on Status of Kell Brook Shot, Garcia-Thurman Video: Naazim Richardson Reacts To Parting With Bernard Hopkins Photos: Krzysztof Wlodarczyk vs. Leon Harth - Official Weigh-In Photos: Terence Crawford vs. John Molina - Official Weigh-In Anthony Joshua Throws Weight Behind Members-Only London Gym Photos: Cuellar vs. Mares, Charlo vs. Williams - Official Weigh-In Erik Skoglund Gets TKO Victory: Sven Fornling, Mikaela Lauren Win Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. Found Murdered in Guadalajara No Drama In L.A.: Cuellar, Mares, Charlo, Williams Make Weight Menard, Beltran Make Weight for HBO Co-Feature Molina Weighs In at 144 Pounds for 140-Pound Crawford Fight Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Dominik Britsch - On Weight For War Paul Gallen Beats Junior Paulo, Vows To KO Ryan Carr Next Concepcion vs. Yafai Still On, WBA Belt At Stake For Yafai Only Adrien Broner Hit For Damages in Sex Tape Lawsuit Photos: Jayson Velez vs. Alfredo Santiago, Serrano-Silgado Weigh-in Light-Heavy, Trainer Banned Over Nick Blackwell Readmission Francisco Vargas vs. Miguel Berchelt Lands on BoxNation Video: Joshua, Molina, Chisora, Whyte, Ortiz, Taylor Weigh-In Hozumi Hasegawa in Shock Retirement, Won't Defend WBC Belt Photos: Yafai on Point, Concepcion Overweight and Loses Belt Photos: Joshua vs. Molina, Chisora vs. Whyte - Official Weigh-in Randy Caballero, Golden Boy Reach Deal To Extend Promotional Lipinets' Manager: Troyanovsky Had No Chin, Indongo Ours in 2017
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement