Castellanos is Confident of Beating Gary Russell Jr.

By J. Arturo Contreras,

"You are a great champion, now it's time to recover," said Robinson Castellanos to his countryman and former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez - after the Gary Russell Jr. captured the featherweight championship of the World Boxing Council (WBC) by knocking out Gonzalez on Saturday in Las Vegas.

As the mandatory challenger, Castellanos is now in line to face Russell next. Because of this fact, Castellanos studied every detail of Saturday's match.

"I saw Jhonny look concerned in the locker ... Maybe he struggled to make weight and failed to recover. He looked weak," said Castellanos, who earned the shot with big wins over Ronny Rios and Ricardo "Rocky" Juarez.

"By the fourth round, he was only being punished. But Johnny is a great champion and will recover soon.

Robinson's co-promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, is now going to press for him to get a title shot before the end of the year.

The Mexican veteran recognizes the good boxing and speed of Russell, however he places his trust in his power and ability to dethrone him.

"With a good strategy, I can win. I just need to be prepared, so I'm not going to wait. Let's find good leftie sparring partners and I'm going to box in the Federal District."

Castellanos and Russell have a victim in common: Mexican contender Christopher Perez. The Mexican took the undefeated through a points victory, while Russell knocked him out in three rounds.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Regular Guy on 03-30-2015

[QUOTE=tiliheels;15518591]i'd rather see a guy like jesusd ceullar getting the shot..but w/e the wbc and all other orgs funk up the ranks all the damn time[/QUOTE] Why would he get a shot at the title when he already has a…

Comment by Aztekkas on 03-30-2015

[QUOTE=tiliheels;15518591]i'd rather see a guy like jesusd ceullar getting the shot..but w/e the wbc and all other orgs funk up the ranks all the damn time[/QUOTE] Castellanos worked for it and I think he deserves it.. but a fight between…

Comment by tiliheels on 03-30-2015

i'd rather see a guy like jesusd ceullar getting the shot..but w/e the wbc and all other orgs funk up the ranks all the damn time

Comment by Rope_Burns on 03-30-2015

Good fight, I like Castellanos' chances in this one. Russell has the speed to outbox Castellanos but Castellanos has range and height and he won't be waiting like Gonzalez, he'll throw punches and put more pressure on Russell.

Comment by Aztekkas on 03-30-2015

[QUOTE=Loque-san;15518442]This would be a decent first defense for Russell. Castellanos has earned his shot. I expect some people to overlook him because he has 10 losses, but the fact is that most of these defeats came early in his career…

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