A second world title fight has come pretty quick at Gary Russell Jr on the back of the American’s disappointing showing against amateur legend Vasyl Lomachenko in June of last year.
The 26 year-old eased past his rehearsal for a crack at the WBC featherweight title held by Mexican Jhonny Gonzalez by taking every round from Christopher Martin just before Christmas and says he’s in great shape to put his wrongs against Lomachenko right this time around.
“We had a great training camp. Everything has been perfect, no excuses, and no cutting corners. We’re 120 percent ready for this fight. We can’t wait be able to call ourself the new WBC World Champion,” said Russell.
“I’m extremely grateful and thankful for this opportunity. Jhonny Gonzalez is more of a dangerous fighter than Lomachenko just because of his punching ability and just him being a seasoned professional, being able to get all these rounds in as a professional. Lomachenko definitely is a good fighter. We take every fight serious. You take no one for granted. We definitely said, oh, this is a dangerous fight taking with Jhonny Gonzalez, but we feel as though what we bring to the table will be superior in the end.
“I honestly don’t feel as though that we have to do anything out of the ordinary. You’re going to see the typical Gary Russell, Jr. that you’ve seen the previous 24 fights with hand speed, punching ability, ring generalship and etc.
“A lot of fighters get caught up in the hype, and they feel as though they have to do things a little more to win the fans over. That’s never one of my things. I’m always ready to be exciting without being reckless. And I’m going to do what it is that I’m comfortable doing.”
Gonzalez, 33, fights for the 66th time as a professional at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas and knows a victory would likely set up a shot at super featherweight champion Takashi Miura in the summer.
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Charlo v Martirosyan, alongside Jhonny Gonzalez v Gary Russell Jr, is live on Showtime in the US from 11pm and on BoxNation in the UK from 3am