Gary Russell Jr. wants title shot against Orlando Salido
CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD., October 10 – Featherweight Gary Russell, Jr. (Capitol Heights, Md.) has been designated as the mandatory challenger for the WBO Featherweight title and he looks forward to challenging the WBO champion for the title belt.
“On October 9th, my team received written confirmation from the WBO that I am the mandatory challenger for their featherweight world title,” Russell said. “I’m ready for my first world title fight and cannot wait for the fight to get made.”
Russell, who owns two unanimous decision victories in 2013, has been ranked second in the WBO’s featherweight rankings since March. The 2008 Olympian recorded his first victory of the year in early March, setting a Compubox record for defensive brilliance in a one-handed win over Vyacheslav Gusev. His second victory came in August with a 10-round win over Juan Ruiz.
An undefeated professional and highly decorated amateur, Russell is known for having the fastest hands in boxing and one-punch knockout power. He’s racked up 23 victories in his four years in the pro ranks and looks forward to stepping up his level of opposition in his first title fight.
The WBO has ordered that Russell must be given a shot at their featherweight title within the next 180 days.
Gary Russell, Jr., is a promising featherweight known for the fastest hands in the sport of boxing and one punch knockout power. A 2008 Olympian, Russell was an amateur standout before entering the pro ranks in January of 2009 and now boasts a 23-0 (13 KOs) record. Boxing is a family affair for the Russells with his father, Gary Russell, Sr., serving as his trainer and three younger brothers also involved in the sweet science. For the latest information on Gary Russell, Jr., go to www.mrgaryrussell.com and follow him on twitter @mrgaryrusselljr.
Manager Adrian Clark making waves at just 27
Dallas, TX (OCTOBER 14, 2013)– Adrian Clark is one of the youngest boxing managers/advisors in the sport today (27). He began his career with Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” at 24 years old. “I knew nothing about the industry. I didn’t know anyone, I had no connections, a part of me wondered what the hell Jerry was thinking asking me to be his manager. We made it work though”. Clark who is a graduate of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication (Public Relations/Media) and a minor in Business. In his 4 years at A&M-Corpus Christi he competed in the amateur ranks competing in 3 regional Golden Gloves tournaments. “I knew I was not going to be a pro boxer, I fought because I love the sport and I thought it would be my way into the business and it turns out it helped more than the punches hurt.”
Almost in his 4th year of managerial duties, Clark represents Jerry Belmontes 18-2(5KO’s), Ramsey Luna 11-0(4KO’s) and advises Eric Hunter 17-3(9KO’s). Hunter and Belmontes dueled in a 10 round bout in Philadelphia last December with Eric Hunter walking away with a big win. He has most recently blemished not only his record but his reputation with his recent DQ against Mike Oliver; his second DQ in a title fight. Belmontes came back from his first defeat (to Hunter) to dismantle Daniel Diaz (20-5) in his hometown of Corpus Christi. In April, Jerry faced hard punching Andrew Cancio and was upset by Cancio in 10. Ramsey Luna, Clark’s recent signee is coming off of a TKO win versus Anthony Navarro (1-5) and is looking to step up in competition, let alone a shot at a promotional contract.
“I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to work with this group of talented guys. My focal point with these guys is to get them to understand what it is to be a professional athlete. Emphasis on professional. I want my guys to be fan and media friendly. We all have work to do but each of these gentlemen have the ability and talent to be world champions. My job is to boost their image, make sure they’re articulate, properly media trained and setting a good example for the younger guys coming behind them. Eventually their boxing careers will end, they’ll be remembered for what they did in the ring and what type of individual they were… I want my guys to be remembered as upstanding, respectable guys”.
Eric Hunter is slated to fight Nov 15 in Philadelphia, opponent TBD. Jerry Belmontes is looking to return in December, Clark and Golden Boy are in talks currently and Ramsey Luna is looking to fight in November.
Max Maxwell update
Promoter PJ Rowson has praised Max Maxwell for having the courage to get in the ring with Nick ‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell.
Blackwell last month took European middleweight champion Max Bursak to the wire in the Ukraine – and the 22 year-old heads home to top the bill at Trowbridge Civic Hall on Saturday, October 26.
Rowson, Blackwell’s manager and promoter, reckons matching Blackwell is “one of the toughest jobs in British boxing.”
Prince Arron and Chris Eubank jr have both withdrawn from British-title eliminators against him – and Rowson thought he would have to look overseas for an opponent for this month’s show that also features the return of Joe Hughes, the 2010 ABA light-welterweight champion.
But a phone call to Jon Pegg, Maxwell’s manager, solved Rowson’s problem.
“Max has saved the show,” said Rowson.
“I was struggling to find opponents for Nick before he went over to the Ukraine and bashed Bursak – and it’s proving to be even harder now.
“Nobody in the UK will get in the ring with him – apart from Max.”
A look at Maxwell’s 46-fight record is proof of his willingness to fight anyone.
He’s shared a ring with champions including Liam Smith, Prince Arron, Sam Webb and Brian Rose, who is currently preparing to box a world-title eliminator.
Maxwell inflicted the only loss on Rose’s record with surely the most chilling one-punch knock-out seen in a British ring in 2010.
Rose reversed the loss with a points victory in a British-title defence – and Maxwell has gone on to be a tough night’s work for champions and prospects.
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World Series of Fighting signs top-ranked middle weight Yushin Okami
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 14, 2013) – World Series of Fighting officials are happy to announce the addition of perennial top-ranked middleweight Yushin Okami (29-8) to the company’s roster.
The 32-year-old “Thunder” Okami recently signed a multi-fight deal with the Las Vegas-based World Series of Fighting promotion, and he’s expected to make his first appearance for the company in early 2014.
“We’re extremely excited to announced that Yushin Okami as the newest member of our middleweight division,” World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. “MMA fans around the world know Yushin has long been among the best 185-pound fighters in the sport, and we’re happy to have him as a member of the World Series of Fighting family.”
A judo black belt, Okami has been competing professionally since 2002. After building an impressive 16-3 record competing largely in his native Japan, Okami in 2006 debuted for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He would go on to fight 18 times for the UFC, including an August 2011 bid for the promotion’s middleweight title.
Okami’s career record includes wins over MMA notables Alan Belcher, Dean Lister, Hector Lombard, Nate Marquardt, Mark Munoz, Anderson Silva, Mike Swick and Evan Tanner, among others.
While Okami’s debut date and opponent have not yet been officially determined, he could prove an immediate title contender in World Series of Fighting’s 185-pound division. The company will crown its first middleweight champion in early 2014, as the winner of World Series of Fighting 7’s Elvis Mutapcic vs. Jesse Taylor bout moves on to meet David Branch in the finals of the company’s four-man