Ponce De Leon's Manager Disappointed With Gary Russell

By Rick Reeno

Frank Espinoza, the manager of former champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (44-5, 35KOs), advised that Gary Russell Jr. (22-0, 13KOs) has turned down a potential fight with his boxer.

BoxingScene reported last week that Ponce was offered the opportunity to face Russell on a Showtime televised date of September 7th in Texas. Ponce accepted the fight, as long as the match took place at 130-pounds. Ponce is planning to move up to super featherweight. Russell, although a featherweight, has not made the actual limit since July 2011 - weighing in between 126 and 127 for his last five fights.

Ponce last fought on May 4th, and was stopped by Abner Mares in the ninth round of their co-featured bout on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert Guerrero pay-per-view.

"Golden Boy Promotions [who have both boxers] told me Russell turned down the fight. My guy just had a tough fight with Mares in May and he wasn't looking for no easy fight in his next one. That last guy who who Russell fought, I don't even remember who he was [Vyacheslav Gusev], that guy wouldn't last four rounds with Ponce De Leon. Russell has 22 fights and I couldn't even tell you three of his opponents," Espinoza told

"Golden Boy offered us Russell and Ponce accepted the fight without hesitation. I don't think Russell and his team expected Ponce to accept the fight. I see him talking about Ponce in all of these interviews and making it appear like he wants to fight Ponce, but I don't think he ever really wanted a fight with my guy. And that's fine, we understand. A lot of guys out there are always talking about a fight with Ponce, but it's a different story when a contract to fight Ponce is actually on the table."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by fceeviper on 07-12-2013

[QUOTE=Russian Crushin;13551310]Move up where, Ponce is a 126 pound fighter. He only thing he doesnt wanna move up in, is competition[/QUOTE] This^ :boxing:

Comment by Lorily on 07-12-2013

This would've been the perfect fight for Russell to prove himself. He's in a tough spot now with his "TBA". :nonono:

Comment by Russian Crushin on 07-12-2013

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;13551350]Then why is Ponce saying that he only wants the fight at 130?[/QUOTE] Russell hasn't fought at FW in years. So ponce a FW, wants to move up to Russell's division to fight him. What a deal beaker....

Comment by ddangerous on 07-12-2013

Russell has speed, but I never believed the hype that he was a mini-RJJ. The guy has fought a series of no ones, and seems to be continuing his career ascent that way.

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 07-12-2013

[QUOTE=SaldanaCC;13551755]Dont blame russel for turning down this one ponce is washed up his manager acts like hes still the champ is funny like no one wants ponce cuz there scared of wants him cuz he is washed up an…

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