Russell Shines In Hometown Debut, Finishes Escandon in 7 Rounds

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In front of 2,345 fans and his home crowd, Gary Russell Jr (28-1 17 KOs) represented in warrior-like fashion. Mr.Russell started out fast, and he ended the fight fast as well. On his father Gary Russell Sr.’s birthday, Russell Jr defeated Oscar Escandon (25-3) in the 7th Round via technical knockout.

“I’m ecstatic. I’m really happy. I got three wins. Three stoppages. It’s my birthday. I’m 15 minutes from home and I can go home and relax.”

Russell Sr. quoted As both Gary Antonio Russell and Gary Antuanne Russell picked up wins today. Gary Antonio improved to 8-0 after knocking out Jovany Fuentes (7-9 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico. Gary Antuanne made his professional debut with a bang, knocking out Joshua Ross (2-4-4) of Monroe, LA at the 2:25 mark of the opening round. As Russell was well ahead on the scorecard, he outclassed Escandon with his superior quickness and hand speed. The third round would prove to be the turning point in the match as Russell nailed Escandon sending him to the canvas.

“I fought a tough competitor. I knew Escandon wanted to come and bring his best. I knew he was going to come forward. I was ready for him. We are warriors.” Russell Jr said.

Escandon made the fight interesting for a few rounds but was no match for Russell’s quick hands. In the rout, Russell landed 198/508 punches with 180 being power punches. Escandon struggled mightily as he only landed 20 percent of his punches throughout the fight, 110/558 overall.

“I knew that Gary was going to go fast from the first to the fifth round and it was part of my strategy to let him do that and get tired. It didn’t work, unfortunately” Escandon stated about the defeat.

Overall, Russell dominated the fight and represented his hometown appropriately in route to improving his record to 28-1 with 17 KOs. In talks about his next bout, Russell Jr wants to battle WBO Super Featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko once again. Calling the potential matchup a “no-brainer”. Lomachenko handed Russell his lone defeat back in 2014 to capture the WBO Super Featherweight title.

“I want to do it for myself. And I want to do it twice. I’ll knock him out the first time and then, he’ll want me to fight him again.” Russell Jr quoted. “I’d love to unify against all the other guys in the featherweight division. I’d like Leo Santa Cruz, Lee Selby, Oscar Valdez.”

With Russell conquering at home, if the DMV isn’t on the map it’s only a matter of time.