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Gary Russell: I Want Santa Cruz, Then Davis vs. Ruiz Winner

World Boxing Council featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. (29-1.17 KOs), wants to make 2019 classically memorable.

Russell Jr., has not fought since last May, when he overcame an injury with his right hand and defeated the skilled California fighter Joseph Diaz Jr., by unanimous decision at the MGM Grand National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Since that match, Gary Jr., the eldest of the six fighting brothers Russell, has been busy outside the ring.

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He and his wife, Sapphire, bought a new home and  celebrated the birth of  their twins (girl and boy), whom they named Laila and Ali. They now have four girls and two boys.

“My family has grown and I cannot wait to complete this routine and sit down and enjoy life with my family,” said Russell. “My wife and my children have intensified my desire to continue winning in boxing.

“I want to have a lot of fights this year, I want to face Leo Santa Cruz in June or July, I wanted to go directly to face Santa Cruz, but for now I need to find some other quality opponent to sharpen me, in March or April. I want to finish this year with a lot of fights. Number one priority is Leo and then I could face the winner of Gervonta Davis and Hugo Ruiz. These ones would be great fights.”

For his part Gary Russell Sr., father and trainer of the champion, commented that the next fight of his son must be against one of the best WBC ranked fighters.

“Gary’s next fight has to be one on the WBC list of champions. We do not want easy fights. We want a great way to prepare for the fight with Leo Santa Cruz,” said Pop.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by The3 on 02-10-2019

Make the fight with Rusell in Davis hometown

Comment by Redsox on 02-07-2019

grj wins both of those

Comment by Ajvar on 02-07-2019

[QUOTE=MC Hammer;19479613]He doing what he wants doesn't have to do **** else. Loma has 13 fights in 6 years. GRJ has 30 in 9 so who is wasting their career with inactivity?[/QUOTE] GRJ as he lost to Loma?That period of…

Comment by MulaKO on 02-02-2019

[QUOTE=TheUptownKid;19481644]Both have great stamina, both are veterans and champs, both have lost and if my memory serves me correct GRJ beat Leo in the amateurs. I think it’d be a fight along the lines of the frampton Leo fight[/QUOTE] I…

Comment by BoxingIsGreat on 02-02-2019

Fight Santa Cruz, not Davis. We don't need any more boxers in a coma. Steer clear!

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