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Gary Russell Not Convinced That Josh Warrington Would Face Him

WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. is not convinced that Josh Warrington, the IBF champion, would face him in a unification clash.

Russell is back on Saturday night, when he defends his world titles against former champion Kiko Martinez at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Warrington (28-0, 6 KOs) has a mandatory defense coming up on June 15th, when he collides with undefeated challenger Kid Galahad.

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Russell (29-1, 17 KO) only has one loss on his record, which came by decision at the hands of Vasiliy Lomachenko.

"Would Josh Warrington be willing to put his title on the line against me in a unification bout? I take my hat off to him, he's a tremendous come-forward pressure fighter but he lacks punching ability, that's very dangerous against Gary Russell Jr. I have hand speed but I also can punch, I have many more knockouts than Warrington, the hand speed is blazing fast and blurry, the shots that hurt are the ones you can't see," Russell said to Sky Sports.

Martinez, a huge underdog coming in, believes that he's capable of hurting Russell when they exchange.

Russell has other ideas, stating that Martinez's abilities will not be enough to come away with the win. 

"I'll do what I'm accustomed to doing and that's being the best Gary Russell Jr there is," Russell told Sky Sports. "He [Martinez] is aware that he is competing against one of the best in the world. If you Google the fastest hands in boxing, my name will pop up.

"Our styles will blend perfectly because I'm never in unfamiliar territory, I've been competing against every style possible, being an elite athlete and I'm now becoming an elite world champion. He [Martinez] is slow on his feet but is strong with a good punch, he will bring his physical best and will be on his A game but that won't be enough."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SchoolTheseCats on 05-16-2019

How about doing something you not accustomed to doing and fighting 2-3 times this year

Comment by Eff Pandas on 05-16-2019

[QUOTE=anonymous2.0;19748001]Gary talks about big fights but does nothing to put himself into position. His only bargaining chip is his belt.[/QUOTE] Has he ever been talking as much as he's been lately? I feel like he's called out everyone & their…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 05-16-2019

GRJ been talking about EVERYONE later which is very un-GRJ-like. GRJ must be in cashout mode or something & realizes he's been going nowhere fast with his lack of wanting to fight at all it seems. GRJ's last few years…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 05-16-2019

Warrington fights the best. You fight garbage and still haven't beaten a good fighter. So yeah, if it comes down to it, we know Warrington will accept. Will you though? Or will you just continue fighting nobodies once a year?

Comment by Bigchip on 05-16-2019

TJI: I just got off the phone with Godzilla and King Kong. I offered both of them $75 million a piece and neither wanted the smoke. I’m with Russell. Nobody wants to fight him. Hats of to Kiko for taking…

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