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 Last update:  4/23/2014       Read more by Mike Coppinger         
   
Russell: Lomachenko will be a lot easier than people think
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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 hes underestimating the importance of getting the rounds as a professional. I think well take him into the later rounds and hes going to have problems. If he gets reckless or careless, he might get knocked out."

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Tags: Gary Russell Jr. , Vasyl Lomachenko , Lomachenko-Russell , Lomachenko vs. Russell



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comment by bopbopbbe, on 04-25-2014
[QUOTE=O.H. Canada]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 stage in his career, more than Gary Russels 23 pro fights have p...

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]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, its a disgrace that this fight happens. What Lom...

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 completely different sport for him now.

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