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Photos/Weights: Russell vs. Hyland, Pedraza vs. Smith

Russell Jr. vs. Hyland, a 12-round bout for Russell’s Jr.’s WBC Featherweight Title taking place on Saturday, April 16 at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., is promoted by DiBella Entertainment. In the co-feature, Jose Pedraza and Stephen Smith will meet in a junior lightweight world title bout for the IBF belt. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader will air live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT) and will be available in Spanish via Secondary Audio Programming (SAP). Photos by Stephanie Trapp.

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WBC FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Gary Russell Jr. – 126 Pounds

Patrick Hyland – 126 Pounds

IBF JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

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Jose Pedraza – 129 Pounds

Stephen Smith – 129 Pounds

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Here is what the fighters had to say Friday:

GARY RUSSELL JR.

(On how he feel)

“I feel good. I can eat, I can drink, I feel a lot better.”

(On what fans should expect tomorrow)

“The same as always. I’m just going to go in like a genuine gentleman, pushing with everything I have to the line.”

(On his prediction)

“Hopefully we can get this guy up out of here early with no ill intent, no injuries or anything like that. We’re not going in there looking for the knockout. If it happens, it happens.”

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PATRICK HYLAND

(On how he’s feeling before the fight)

“I feel great. Nice and strong and I’m ready for tomorrow night.”

(On what his fans should expect tomorrow)

“Hey, I just want everyone to come follow me, have fun and be a part of me bringing the belt back to Ireland.”

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JOSE PEDRAZA

(On how he feels after making weight)

“I feel good, really good, we made weight which was the most important thing for today. We’re happy and ready fight.”

(On what fans should expect)

“A grand fight. One more challenge that we will overcome. It will be a big challenge but we’ve done great work and I know we will come out on top.”

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STEPHEN SMITH

(On how he felt after the weigh-in)

“You know, it’s always nice to get the weigh-in out of the way and now be fully focused on the fight. I’m feeling good.”

(On what fans should expect)

“A good fight. We’re two very competitive fighters. Two fighters who believe that the training has gone as well as possible. We will put everything on the line tomorrow night and we are very confident that I’ve got what it takes. I will do anything that it takes to win this fight and bring the world title back to the UK.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 285Kid on 04-16-2016

So is this the official thread to the figth?

Comment by duran888 on 04-16-2016

Stephen Smith late ko

Comment by Corelone on 04-16-2016

[QUOTE=PunchyPotorff;16614815][B][FONT="Arial"][COLOR="Blue"]I'm thinking similar. Plus Russell couldn't seem to look at Hyland at the stare down. This will be different for Russell than all the TBAs he's had IMO.[/COLOR][/FONT][/B][/QUOTE] You noticed what I noticed, intimidation is a part of the game.

Comment by stephenmc on 04-15-2016

Mooooonnnnn hyland..... Will be some upset if he pulls it off. He's got some balls, but at the same time, Russel is a level (maybe 2) above. Hyland us really a European level fighter, Fck it though,its a pay day…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 04-15-2016

[QUOTE=Corelone;16614748]Hyland has that I eat a lot of leather look. I hope he's one of those hard headed Irish I hear about. He's my pick regardless. Long lay off, hand problems, TBAs, Russell has a lot of things not going…

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