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Gary Russell vs. Joseph Diaz Will Be Next, Says WBC Prez

According to World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC featherweight world champion Gary Russell Jr. (28-1, 17 KOs) will have to make a mandatory defense against Joseph Diaz. 

Sulaiman indicates that Russell vs. Diaz will be "mandated for around May."

Russell has not been very active in the last few years.

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The last time Russell saw action more than once a year, was back in 2014 when he faced Miguel Tamayo, Vasyl Lomachenko and Christopher Martin.

In 2015 he captured the WBC featherweight crown when he destroyed Jhonny Gonzalez in Las Vegas. in 2016 he made one defense when he battered Patrick Hyland at Foxwoods Resort.

And back in May in Oxon Hill, Russell went right through mandatory challenger Oscar Escandon.

Diaz (25-0, 18 KOs) on the other hand has been very active. In 2015 he fought five times, he beat Ruben Tamayo, Rene Alvarado, Hugo Partida, Giovanni Delgado and Juan Luis Hernandez.

Then in 2016, he fought four times - beating Jayson Velez, Andrew Cancio, Horacio Garcia and Victor Proa.

In 2017, he fought twice - with each fight taking place on two of the biggest events of the year. He defeated Manuel Avila on the Canelo-Chavez undercard and then beat Rafael Rivera on the Canelo-Golovkin undercard. Both fights took place on HBO Pay-Per-View from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Shadoww702 on 10-05-2017

-Fun Fact- Who has fought more fights since 2013?? Andre Ward who sued his promotor and was out of boxing for over 1 1/2 years?? Mikey Garcia who sued his promotor and was out of boxing for 2 1/2 years???…

Comment by Santa_ on 10-05-2017

May??? Dafuk you telling us at the beginning of October for :drillserg

Comment by Luilun on 10-05-2017

Diaz will give him a fight but I see the ref stopping this one due to Diaz having a good chin

Comment by robertavila777 on 10-05-2017

Man I really like JOJo but I gotta give it to GRJ. JoJo just doesn't have enough power to keep Russell off him.

Comment by GMAN SUPREME on 10-05-2017

[QUOTE=HURTFEELINGS;18113756]Russell will win fairly easy, then move up for some money fights and retire in 4 years, don't need to keep boxing, get your money and get out:boxing:[/QUOTE] we all know gary the hobbit will steer clear of his daddy…

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