BROOKLYN, NY – With Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell, Jr. working the corner of his younger brother, Antuanne Russell scored a TKO victory in the second round on the Keith Thurman-Jose card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Jan. 26.
Antuanne (8-0) came out all business against Roberto Almazan and ripped shots to his body and head scoring three knockdowns in less than two rounds.
Almazan (7-9) offered little resistance to the onslaught from the southpaw Russell. The 2016 United States Olympian, 22, was all over Almazan, 20, throwing extremely hard body shots to go along with straight lefts and overhead rights.
However, Gary Russell, Sr. never worries about his youngest boxing son.
“I never worry about Antuanne coming out slow or not prepared,” said his father and trainer. “I think Antuanne could be ready to fight for a title after his next three fights.”
If successful in his next three fights, Antuanne, called “The Last One,” would be 11-0, which is early to be in a fight for a title.
Asked if these easy fights help in his development, Antuanne said, “This is a business. I don’t overlook any opponent. If he puts his gloves on and gets in the ring, he can catch me with a punch and hurt me.”
Russell has said many times that he scouts an opponent briefly and can tell what he needs to do. “We have instructions to do something based on what my opponent does. They told me that the hook would be there when he shot his left hand. I went to my hook position and was ready to fire. I go in there smart and protect myself at all times and follow the instructions from my brother and dad.”
Antonio Russell (12-0) was scheduled to fight, but his opponent had some medical issues. Look for Antonio to fight again in March.
The next local fight of importance will feature Washington, D.C. native, Lamont Peterson (35-4-1), will be fighting at the MGM National Harbor in March, and there is a chance both young Russell’s will get another chance to improve their craft on that night.