Escandon Preparing for Toughest Fight vs. Russel
Oscar Escandon (25-2, 17 KOs), the top contender in the 126-lb. division, is preparing for the toughest fight of his life this weekend against WBC champion Gary Russell Jr.
After a long training camp in both California and Las Vegas, Escandon is ready to seize the opportunity in the first main event of his pro career.
Prior to heading to Maryland, where the title fight will take place, Escandon spoke about his preparation for the man who many consider to have the fastest hands in boxing.
"Training camp started off in Gilroy, California where we got a lot of good sparring in the Bay Area," Escandon said. "But then we moved camp to Las Vegas where we are training in high elevation. We are running up at Mt. Charleston where the elevation is 8400 feet. All in all, it has been a fantastic camp."
If Escandon is to be successful on Saturday, he will be the only boxer besides Vasyl Lomachenko to defeat Russell. Lomachenko beat Russell by majority decision to capture the WBO featherweight belt. Russell rebounded, knocking out Jhonny Gonzalez two fights later to win the WBC belt.
Escandon may be the underdog heading into the title fight, but he has proven that he belongs on the big stage: his only two losses have come via split decision to world champions Nehomar Cermeno and Moises Flores.
"Gary Russell Jr. is one of the best fighters in the division," Escandon said. "I know it’s not going to be an easy task to defeat him but I’m confident in my ability to come out victorious. I will dig deep and impose my will on him."
The Colombian featherweight is well aware that the fight against Russell is the biggest, and toughest, one of his career. A victory means that he will have the opportunity to earn his first world title and move on to more big fights.
"This is the biggest fight of my career and a win will lead to bigger and better things, like unification bouts. To capture the WBC world title will be an honor for my team and my people of Colombia. I need to win this fight and capture that WBC title. I can see myself in major fights with a victory."