Gary Russell Jr.

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Name: Gary Allen Russell Jr
Alias: Mr.
Birth Name: Gary Allen Russell
Hometown: Capitol Heights, Maryland, USA
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 164cm
Reach: 163cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

A boxer since the age of seven who comes from a fighting family of five brothers who have boxed, including pro Antonio. In 2004, the teenager won the Junior Olympics, and just a year later he earned the US and National Golden Gloves titles, one of only two boxers in history to win both before the age of 17.

These wins earned him USA Boxing’s Athlete of the Year award in 2005, but he wasn’t done yet, as he went on to win another national title and a bronze medal in the world championships before qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Unfortunately, a dehydrated Russell was forced to withdraw from the games, but by January of 2009 he began a new fistic journey – this one to win a world title in the pro ranks.

Since his third round TKO of Antonio Reyes in his pro debut, Russell dazzled fans, impressed boxing insiders, and struck fear into the hearts of opponents as he compiled a 10-0 pro record that included seven knockout wins.

On July 22, 2010, he was expected to face his sternest test to date when he battled former world champion Mauricio Pastrana in the main event of Golden Boy Promotions’ “Fight Night Club” at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, but instead, it took him just 1:46 to defeat Pastrana and make a statement to the boxing world that he had arrived.

Two more wins followed last year, as he knocked out Willie Villanueva in a single round in September and shut out Guadalupe De Leon over six rounds in October. And as 2011 picks up speed, so has Russell, as he dropped and then defeated respected contender Feider Viloria via technical decision on January 28th.

Russell was back in the ring on April 15th in San Francisco, shutting out veteran Adolfo Landeros before delivering a blistering fourth round knockout of 24-9-1 Antonio Meza in Texas on June 17th.

July 23rd was boxing fans’ next opportunity to see Russell in action, and he dished out another shutout, this time over 9-1 Eric Estrada on the Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah undercard in Las Vegas.

Two months later, it was a repeat performance for Russell as he dominated 32-3 veteran Leonilo Miranda, and on November 26th, he closed out the biggest year of his pro career thus far with a first round knockout of 47-11-2 standout Heriberto Ruiz.

His performances earned him recognition as the 2011 Prospect of the Year from many major media outlets, including ESPN.com, SI.com, and RingTV.com.

Amateur Highlights

Reported amateur record: 163-10

  • 2005 National Golden Gloves Bantamweight Champion
  • 2005 United States Amateur Bantamweight Champion
  • 2005 Bantamweight Bronze Medalist for the United States at the World Championships in Mianyang, China. Results were:
    • 1st round - Defeated Detelin Dalakliev (Bulgaria) (25-21)
    • 2nd round - Defeated Tyson Cave (Canada) (22-9)
    • Quarterfinals - Defeated Al Gharaghir Ibrahim (Jordan) (34-13)
    • Semifinals - Lost to Rustam Rahimov (Germany) (17-28)
  • 2006 United States Amateur Bantamweight Champion
  • 2007 Qualified as a bantamweight for the United States Olympic Team. Results were:
  • 2007 U.S. bantamweight representative at the World Championships in Chicago, USA. Results were:
    • 1st round - Defeated Rudolf Dydi (Slovakia) (13-6)
    • 2nd round - Defeated Puter Moishenzon (Israel) (RSCO-2)
    • 3rd round - Defeated Ali Hallab (France) (22-14)
    • Quarterfinals - Lost to Sergey Vodopyanov (Russia) (6-16)
  • 2008 U.S. bantamweight representative at the Olympics in Beijing, China.
    • Russell lost consciousness and was unable to make the Olympic weigh-in.

Professional Record

Championship Record

World Titles

  • WBC Featherweight Title (March 2015-present; 5 defenses)

Awards & Recognition


Preceded by:
Jhonny Gonzalez
WBC Featherweight Champion
2015 Mar 28 – 2022 Jan 22
Succeeded by:
Mark Magsayo