Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Gary Russell Jr: Will Golden Boy Promotions Let Diaz Fight Me?

By Keith Idec

Gary Russell Jr. wants to fight Joseph Diaz Jr.

The WBC featherweight champion isn’t so sure the feeling is mutual. Russell questioned Tuesday night whether Diaz’s handlers at Golden Boy Promotions will allow the undefeated Diaz to participate in the mandatory title fight he has earned.

“The WBC already sanctioned the mandatory challenger, Jo Jo Diaz,” Russell said during a ringside interview televised by FS1. “I’m curious if Golden Boy and them is really willing to put him in the ring with Mr. Gary Russell Jr.”

russell-diaz

Like Russell, Diaz is a left-handed former American Olympian. The 24-year-old Diaz (25-0, 13 KOs), of Downey, California, most recently beat Mexico’s Rafael Rivera (25-1-2, 16 KOs, 1 NC) by unanimous decision in their 12-round fight on the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin undercard September 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The 29-year-old Russell (28-1, 17 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Maryland, stopped Colombia’s Oscar Escandon (25-3, 17 KOs) in the seventh round of his last fight, May 20 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Russell has fought just twice in the past 2½ years, though, and acknowledged a need to fight more often when he was interviewed during a “Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays” telecast from St. Petersburg, Florida.

“There’s a lot of people in the division that’s very scared and afraid to step in the ring with Mr. Gary Russell Jr.,” Russell said. “We’re definitely planning on staying a little more active [next] year. We wanna get another bout in sometime in February and we wanna go back again in May.”

Beyond making his mandatory defense against Diaz, Russell also said he wants to face current and former world champions considered among the elite featherweights in boxing.

“Anybody that’s in the featherweight division – Abner Mares, Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton – it doesn’t matter,” Russell said. “You can hear people in the background, yelling it. Don’t be afraid. It’s time to make it happen. Let’s get it.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Steven Mccowan on 11-23-2017

[QUOTE=Corelone;18231271]I'm just saying, he calls out, but when he fights, it's Escondon and once a year. He needs to get busy. His brand is not in demand for lack of trying. More fights, more exposure, more demand.[/QUOTE] Lol thats the…

Comment by Steven Mccowan on 11-23-2017

Lmao. Russell jr.... Bust

Comment by deanrw on 11-23-2017

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;18230384]Joseph Diaz Jr is going to duck you, champ. He is the mandatory to your WBC title but we all know Golden Boy doesn't want that work.[/QUOTE] You are talking to him the wrong way. What you should have said…

Comment by SmokinYungJr on 11-23-2017

Gary is good but in all honesty what has the man done? Lost to Loma? Beat an old chinny gonzalez ? Seriously? His inactivity and lack of love for the sport is gonna be his demise. Hopefully a more active…

Comment by SmokinYungJr on 11-23-2017

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;18230799]If you're his mandatory and have to fight him, but you don't...then that's a duck.[/QUOTE] Jojo just fought the eliminator to be the the mando though he’s not ducking if anything Gary is putting the fight off saying he wants…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (39)
Top Headlines Ray Beltran-Hiroki Okada Announced For Ramirez-Zepeda Card Wilder-Fury Rematch: Purse Bid Set For February 5, 60-40 Split Boxeo Telemundo Returns on February 22 In Kissimmee Daniel Dubois, Nicola Adams Returns Confirmed By Warren Pablo Cesar Cano To Impose Will on Aging Jorge Linares Jarrell Miller Tabs Joshua as 'Turd' - Gives High Praise To Hearn Arum: Haymon Only Promoter Who Won't Work With Others Zerafa Warns Jeff Horn: I'm No Faded Old Man Like Mundine Amanda Serrano: Things Much Better Now For Female Boxers Nathan Gorman Aims For Spectacular KO on February 23 Photos: Manny Pacquiao Continues To Grind in Las Vegas Amir Khan: Hearn is Pissed Off, But I Control My Own Destiny Jarrell Miller Will No Longer Appear on Jan. 18 DAZN Show Kambosos Details Lessons Learned as Pacquiao Sparring Partner Crawford: I'm Better Than Anyone Amir Khan Has Ever Faced Photos: Andrade, Algieri Visit South Bronx Middle School Photos: Badou Jack, Browne, Warren - Las Vegas Grand Arrivals Photos: Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner - Las Vegas Grand Arrivals Arum: Crawford is Best Welterweight Since Sugar Ray Leonard Amir Khan To Return To Trainer Virgil Hunter For Crawford Fight Andrade 'Don’t Wanna Hear' Saunders’ Excuses For Akavov Fight Vergil Ortiz could fight for 140-pound title in 2019, Says Gomez Espinoza: Mayweather 'Up In the Air' About Pacquiao Rematch Plant-Uzcategui PBC on FS1 Card Peaks at 986,000 Viewers Dmitry Bivol Makes Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn Official Photos: Adrien Broner Putting in Work in Las Vegas Dmitry Bivol-Joe Smith To Land on DAZN on March 9, Site TBD Photos: Terence Crawford, Amir Khan - Face To Face in London Derevyanchenko-Culcay Title Eliminator: DIBella Outbids AGON Joe Smith Jr. Finally Moves On From Artur Beterbiev Plant: It Was Destiny To Win My First Title in the City of Angels Mares: Why Isn't Leo Santa Cruz Fighting Gary Russell Next? Tony Harrison: I'll Beat Jermell Charlo 'Even Easier' in Rematch Terence Crawford-Amir Khan Officially Set for April 20 ESPN PPV Caleb Plant-Jose Uzcategui: Afterthoughts Photos: Ted Cheeseman, Sergio Garcia - Face To Face at Presser Amanda Serrano Won't Stop, May Go For Belt in Eight Division Trainer: Chisora Will Repair, He's Force To Be Reckoned With Hearn: Crawford is Tougher Fight For Khan, I Wanted Khan-Brook Artur Beterbiev Departing DAZN, Heading To ESPN
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement