Russell Jr.: I'll Follow Lomachenko To Any Weight Class for Revenge

by David P. Greisman

Featherweight titleholder Gary Russell Jr. has matches he wants in the near future in his division, but he’s also willing to travel beyond 126 pounds to face the only man to beat him in the pros.

“Before my career is over with, I don’t care if this guy loses his next 15, 20 fights — [Vasyl] Lomachenko has to see me. He has to see me,” Russell told reporters earlier this month ahead of his bout this Saturday against Patrick Hyland in Connecticut on Showtime.

“They say Lomachenko might move up in weight sometime. I’m willing to chase him wherever he goes to see him,” he said. “It means something to me to avenge any loss, not just Lomachenko. I had over 100-plus amateur fights. I had 10 losses. I still remember every one that I lost to. I had an opportunity to compete against guys and beat them and avenge that. It has nothing to do with Lomachenko.”


Lomachenko topped Russell by majority decision in June 2014 to win the vacant WBO title. Russell went on to win another belt, capturing the WBC with a demolition of Jhonny Gonzalez last year.

Top Rank, which promotes Lomachenko, had tried to make a match at 130 pounds with Nicholas Walters, only to be unable to get Walters to agree to terms. It is now working on having Lomachenko challenge 130-pound titleholder Roman Martinez in June instead.

Russell, 27, is 26-1 with 15 KOs. The Hyland bout will be his first in slightly more than a year; an injury in late 2015 scuttled a bout with Oscar Escandon.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mitchell Kane on 04-15-2016

Gary Russell Jr.'s words are pretty hollow given who he's been fighting most of his career. That's great he remembers his losses, but everybody else remembers how bad most of his opponents are.

Comment by Cogitation7 on 04-15-2016

[QUOTE=O.K.! 2.0;16611168]Russell has 27 pro fights and he's faced 26 bums! Lomo was the ONLY real challenge in which Russell was totally out classed! It's a shame that Russell is still facing TBAs at this stage in his career. Lomo…

Comment by The D3vil on 04-15-2016

Nah, Loma's P4P Russell's just good

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 04-15-2016

[B][FONT="Arial"][COLOR="Blue"]Russell is talented, no doubt... but he has zero chance vs Lomachenko. Just give up son, and take all the other fights that can be made for you. There's never a victory over Loma in your future. Never.[/COLOR][/FONT][/B]

Comment by .!WAR MIKEY! on 04-14-2016

and your get your dwarfism ass beat in any weight class then.

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