Gary Russell Jr. Claims Eddie Hearn Offered Him $1 Million To Fight Josh Warrington
Gary Russell Jr. says that Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn gave him an offer he wasn’t satisfied with.
Russell is the WBC Featherweight Champion. He has just one loss on his pro boxing record and that was against former lightweight world titleholder Vasiliy Lomachenko. Russell last competed back in February 2020, defeating Tugstsogt Nyambayar via unanimous decision. This was Russell’s fifth successful WBC Title defense.
Josh Warrington, who is the former IBF Featherweight Champion, has been eyeing big fights with WBA (Regular) Featherweight Champion Xu Can and Russell. During his appearance on The PBC Podcast, Russell claimed that Hearn, who promotes Warrington, made him a $1 million offer (via BoxingScene.com).
“Eddie Hearn reached out to me through Instagram. He offered me a million dollars to fight Josh Warrington for a unification match. And I felt like it was a little, it was beneath my standards.”
As far as who is on Russell’s radar goes, the WBC Champion says he isn’t really seeking out anyone in his current weight class.
“To be honest, at , it’s nobody in my weight division right now that I would say that I’m actually targeting, that I want. All the guys that I want is at maybe ’30 or ’35. But I think right now I’m at the dilemma whereas though I’m just coming up on the time frame because I am a title-holder, you know, I have the dilemma whereas though I still have to defend my title within a certain time frame. So, I’ll compete against the next best guy than the champion.”