Gary Russell Jr has arguably the fastest hands in the sport of boxing.  He has proven that time and time again, going the first 24 fights of his career without having a single loss on his resume.  Granted, the level of opposition was somewhat sub par, until he faced and defeated Miguel Tomayo.  That was Russell’s first test, and he passed with flying colors, knocking out Toamyo in the fourth round.  He hit a little hiccup in his next fight, as he took a huge leap in level of competition.  He faced perhaps the greatest amateur fighter of all time in Vasyl Lomachenko.  Lomachenko is a superior boxer, and handed Russell the first loss of his career via majority decision.  Sadly for Russell, that fight was for the vacant WBO featherweight championship.

Russell would bounce back, and go on to defeat his next opponent (Christopher Martin Pena), via unanimous decision.  The stars would then align for Gary one more time, and he would get another title opportunity.  This time it would be for the WBC Featherweight title, against the hard hitting Jhonny Gonzalez.  Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KO’s), shocked the world when he defeated Abner Mares with a first round KO, to take the WBC title for the second time in his career.  He would go on to beat Clive Atwell and Jorge Acre, both by TKO, and retain his championship.

Gary Russell Jr is not the biggest puncher in the world, but is one of the slickest.  From the opening bell, the difference in hand speed could have been seen by a blind man.  Jhonny Gonzalez had no answer for the quick and sharp jab, and the elusiveness of Russell.  The combinations were blazing fast, and Gonzalez just looked totally overmatched.  Russell blew away Gonzalez on the scorecards in the first 2 rounds of the fight, and just as Gozalez started to look a bit better in the third, BAM!!!  Down he goes on a perfectly timed right hook.  Russell would come out in the 4th super aggressive, and with Gonzalez not fully recovered, he would go down again in the beginning of the round.  Wobbly getting up, Tony Weeks would give him a chance to go on and Russell would come out of his corner, guns blazing.  He would send Gonzalez down once more, and Weeks seen enough.  He put a halt to the contest, and Gary Russell Jr becomes the new WBC Featherweight champion.

Jermell Charlo Defeats Vanes Martirosyan

Jermell Charlo is a pure boxer.  Vanes Martirosyan is a brawler.  Styles would clash in this fight, or would they?  This whole fight was a chess match, a boxing match.  Both fighters hesitant to take a big risk.  Martirosyan could have won this fight if he stayed busy throughout, and kept join to the body.  When he did those two things, he was winning rounds.  When he didn’t, Charlo would jab his way to a winning round.  On my (unofficial) scorecard, and Steve Farhood would agree, I had this fight an even draw with a score of 95-95.  The judges would ultimately disagree with Steve and I, and give a unanimous decision victory to Jermell Charlo.  Charlo Stays undefeated and improves to 26 – 0.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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