Russell Jr. To Defend On Wilder-Breazeale Card

Now under one month before the Barclays Center plays host to Deontay Wilder and Dominic Breazeale’s battle for the WBC world heavyweight title, another WBC world title fight has been added to the May 18th card.

WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. will defend his title against former world champion Kiko Martinez in the card’s co-featured fight.

This will mark Russell’s fourth defense of the title, since knocking out Jhonny Garcia in 2015 to earn the green and gold belt.

“I expect to send a message to everyone in or near my division that I’m a force to be reckoned with,” said Russell. “I want to unify against Leo Santa Cruz and I’m going to do what I have to do to get there. I’m never going to take any opponent lightly and right now, it’s my job to take care of Kiko Martinez before I worry about anything else. On May 18 you should expect to see excitement, punching power, hand speed, fast combinations and a great level of boxing IQ. I’m the best in boxing today and I prove that every time I get in the ring.”

Martinez, has an impressive resume, going up against the likes of Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton, Josh Warrington, and Scott Quigg throughout his 47-fight career.

“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to win another world title and I’m thankful and excited for May 18,” said Martinez. “Gary Russell Jr is in for a rude awakening. I have a lot of experience and I feel great at featherweight. There will be nothing better than celebrating my 50th fight with a new world title.”


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