BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The first family of boxing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area were recently in action fighting on the card in Bethlehem, Pa. While Gary, Jr., the World Boxing Council’s featherweight champion and arguably the crown jewel of the Russell family did not fight, his younger brothers, Gary Antonio and Gary Antuanne, were […]
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The first family of boxing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area were recently in action fighting on the card in Bethlehem, Pa.
While Gary, Jr., the World Boxing Council’s featherweight champion and arguably the crown jewel of the Russell family did not fight, his younger brothers, Gary Antonio and Gary Antuanne, were in the ring last week.
Both emerged as winners. Antonio improved his record to 9-0 with a third round knockout of Christian Rentoria (7-6), while Antuanne (2-0) made quicker work with a first round technical knockout of Jesus Rule (11-24-1).
All Russell fighters are trained by their father, Gary Russell, Sr. Old man Russell is a hard man to please, as he did not like Antonio’s effort in his fight.
“I wasn’t really thrilled with his performance. He does not show urgency to want to hurt his opponent right away,” Senior said. “I don’t like that. He is too lackadaisical, too relaxed.
“After the second round, I gave him a tongue lashing. I asked, ‘what are you doing? You look disinterested. You are not firing off on the inside.’ He said ok and took him out in the third round.”
As for 2016 Olympian Antuanne, Pops was very pleased.
“I was surprised at the energy he put forth in the first round,” he said, as both of Antuanne’s pro fights have ended in first round stoppages. “If you are not on point, he will get you in the first round. He was razor sharp in the first round and real explosive.”
There was talk in Las Vegas at the Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez fight about Gary, Jr. fighting a mandatory fight against undefeated Jo Jo Diaz for the WBC belt.
“I don’t like that fight,” Senior said. “Jo Jo is not the best fight for Junior. We want to fight one of the champions at 126 (Featherweight) and move up to 130 (Junior Lightweight). We don’t want to wait on Diaz. We want to fight before this year is out.”
The other two DMV world champions are in the mix in the coming weeks. “Swift” Jarrett Hurd, from Accokeek, will fight on Oct. 14 at the Barclays in Brooklyn against Austin Trout for Hurd’s International Boxing Federation’s Jr Middleweight title. It will be aired on Showtime.
Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson, from Washington, D.C., is rumored to be defending his title in December or January.