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Russell: Lomachenko will be a lot easier than people think

By Mike Coppinger

Gary Russell Jr. (24-0, 14KOs) is preparing his first world title opportunity, a bout against two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1KO) for the vacant World Boxing Organization featherweight title on June 21 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

It's a leap in competition for Russell, as it is for Lomanchenko, but Russell believes fans and critics alike will be quite surprised by the result of the bout.

"The fight is going to be easier than a lot of people think," Russell told BoxingScene.com in a phone interview Saturday. "I think (Lomachenko) brings a level of amateur pedigree to the ring, but he’s underestimating the importance of getting the rounds as a professional. I think we’ll take him into the later rounds and he’s going to have problems. If he gets reckless or careless, he might get knocked out."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bopbopbbe on 04-25-2014

[QUOTE=O.H. Canada;14460565]With a name like PainFromUkraine and a comment like that you just come off as completely biased. It's silly to say that Lomo's one fight against a veteran fighter has better prepared him for the Pro ranks at this…

Comment by iniduoh on 04-25-2014

All I have to say is may the best man win.

Comment by Tobi.G on 04-24-2014

[QUOTE=WilkinsOlajuwon;14458672]Both untested, both talented. I still doubt this fight ever happens but I hope it does.[/QUOTE] Loma was tested by Salido and he failed. I have no doubt Russel beats him. Lomas people are so stupid for taking this fight,…

Comment by TheBestSport on 04-24-2014

We'll see how GRJ responds to knowing who his opponent is months before the fight. It's novel to him.

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 04-23-2014

I still see Loma taking this one. Russell has alotta TBA experience, but little more IMO. Maybe I'm proven wrong. Maybe Wilder gets annihilated soon. Loma was great as amateur IMO, and I mean it isn't like it is a…

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