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Gary Russell Jr.


One of the top amateurs to emerge from the United States in this era, Gary Russell Jr. has the style and charisma to make a huge impact on the pro scene in the coming years, and he is willing to put in the hard work to get there and put the featherweights back on the mainstream map.
 
A boxer since the age of seven who comes from a fighting family that includes five brothers who have boxed, Russell learned the sport at an accelerated pace that amazed onlookers. In 2004, the teenager won the Junior Olympics, and just a year later he earned the US and National Golden Gloves titles, one of only two boxers in history to win both before the age of 17.
 
These wins earned him USA Boxing’s Athlete of the Year award in 2005, but he wasn’t done yet, as he went on to win another national title and a bronze medal in the world championships before qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games.
 
Unfortunately, a dehydrated Russell was forced to withdraw from the games, but by January of 2009 he began a new fistic journey – this one to win a world title in the pro ranks.
 
Since his third round TKO of Antonio Reyes in his pro debut, Russell dazzled fans, impressed boxing insiders, and struck fear into the hearts of opponents as he compiled a 10-0 pro record that included seven knockout wins.
 
On July 22, 2010, he was expected to face his sternest test to date when he battled former world champion Mauricio Pastrana in the main event of Golden Boy Promotions’ “Fight Night Club” at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, but instead, it took him just 1:46 to defeat Pastrana and make a statement to the boxing world that he had arrived.
 
Two more wins followed last year, as he knocked out Willie Villanueva in a single round in September and shut out Guadalupe De Leon over six rounds in October. And as 2011 picks up speed, so has Russell, as he dropped and then defeated respected contender Feider Viloria via technical decision on January 28th.
 
Russell was back in the ring on April 15th in San Francisco, shutting out veteran Adolfo Landeros before delivering a blistering fourth round knockout of 24-9-1 Antonio Meza in Texas on June 17th.
 
July 23rd was boxing fans’ next opportunity to see Russell in action, and he dished out another shutout, this time over 9-1 Eric Estrada on the Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah undercard in Las Vegas.
 
Two months later, it was a repeat performance for Russell as he dominated 32-3 veteran Leonilo Miranda, and on November 26th, he closed out the biggest year of his pro career thus far with a first round knockout of 47-11-2 standout Heriberto Ruiz.
 
His performances earned him recognition as the 2011 Prospect of the Year from many major media outlets, including ESPN.com, SI.com, and RingTV.com.