Gary Russell Jr. is an American boxer who, prior to turning professional, was considered one of the greatest amateurs and prospects in the sport.
Born in Washington D.C., Russell became one of only two boxers to win both the U.S. Championships and a National Golden Gloves title before turning 17. By October 2005, he accumilated an amateur record of 163-10. In November 2005, Russell earned a bronze medal in the bantamweight division at the World Championships in Mianyang, China.
Russell made his professional debut on Jan. 16, 2009. After 24 straight wins, Russell suffered his first loss as a pro in his first title match, a bout with Vasyl Lomachenko for the then-vacant WBO Featherweight Championship. Russell, however, rebounded and won the WBC Featherweight Championship on March 28, 2015, defeating Jhonny Gonzalez.
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