Gary Russell Jr.
Gary Russell Jr.

Gary Allen Russell Jr

“Mr.”

RECORD

30 - 1 - 0

KOs

18

Weight 126 lbs (57.27 kg)

Age 31

Home Capitol Heights, Maryland,

Complete Stats

A star in the ring by the time he was a teenager, sensational southpaw Gary Russell Jr. has continued to shine as a 126-pound world champion. Read Bio

Last Fight

Last Fight

win vs Tugstsogt Nyambayar

Feb 08, 2020 / PPL Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. defended his WBC 126-pound title for a fifth time—defeating Mongolian contender Tugstsogt Nyambayar by UD on PBC on SHOWTIME.

Latest News

Gary Russell Jr News
Feb 28, 2020 / Deontay Wilder, Shawn Porter, Gary Russell Jr, Jamal James, Stephen Fulton

The PBC Family Celebrates Their Heroes on Black History Month

In the spirit of Black History Month, members of the PBC family pay homage to those who came before them, inspired them and paved the way.

PBC Boxing Video
Feb 9, 2020 / Russell vs Nyambayar, Gary Russell Jr, Tugstsogt Nyambayar, Guillermo Rigondeaux

Russell Defeats a Game Nyambayar, Retains World Title

The WBC World Featherweight Champion wins an intense 12-round decision over a tough Nyambayar in the main event Saturday night on SHOWTIME.

PBC Boxing Video
Feb 7, 2020 / Russell vs Nyambayar, Gary Russell Jr, Tugstsogt Nyambayar

Gary Russell Jr. vs. Tugstsogt Nyambayar: Elite on Elite

A high-level, high-stakes battle goes down Saturday night as Gary Russell Jr. defends his world featherweight title versus the dangerous Tugstsogt Nyambayar live on SHOWTIME.

Fights

Gary Russell Jr Fights

Win vs Tugstsogt Nyambayar 11-0-0

Feb 08, 2020 PPL Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Gary Russell Jr. WINS against Tugstsogt Nyambayar by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Kiko Martinez 40-9-2

May 18, 2019 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Gary Russell WINS against Kiko Martinez by TKO in Round 5 of 12

Win vs Joseph Diaz Jr.  31-1-0

May 19, 2018 MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland

Gary Russell Jr.  WINS against Joseph Diaz Jr.  by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Oscar Escandon 26-5-0

May 20, 2017 MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland

Gary Russell Jr. WINS against Oscar Escandon by TKO in Round 7 of 12

Win vs Oscar Escandon 26-5-0

May 20, 2017 MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Oscar Escandon by TKO in Round 7 of 12

Win vs Patrick Hyland 31-3-0

Apr 16, 2016 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Patrick Hyland by TKO in Round 2 of 12

Win vs Christopher Martin 28-4-3

Dec 20, 2014 Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Christopher Martin by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Gary Russell Jr 1-1-0

Jun 21, 2014 StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA

Vasyl Lomachenko WINS against Gary Russell Jr by MD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Miguel Tamayo 15-8-2

Jan 30, 2014 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Miguel Tamayo by KO in Round 4 of 8

Win vs Juan Ruiz 23-12-0

Aug 09, 2013 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Juan Ruiz by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Vyacheslav Gusev 20-2-0

Mar 02, 2013 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Vyacheslav Gusev by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Roberto Castaneda 20-2-1

Nov 09, 2012 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Roberto Castaneda by KO in Round 3 of 10

Win vs Christopher Perez 23-2-0

Jun 30, 2012 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Christopher Perez by TKO in Round 3 of 10

Win vs Heriberto Ruiz 46-11-2

Nov 26, 2011 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Heriberto Ruiz by KO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Leonilo Miranda 32-3-0

Sep 03, 2011 Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Leonilo Miranda by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Eric Estrada 9-1-0

Jul 23, 2011 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Eric Estrada by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Antonio Meza 24-9-1

Jun 17, 2011 State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Antonio Meza by KO in Round 4 of 8

Win vs Adolfo Landeros 21-18-1

Apr 15, 2011 Longshoremen's Hall, San Francisco, California, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Adolfo Landeros by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Feider Viloria 23-7-1

Jan 28, 2011 Four Points Sheraton Hotel, San Diego, California, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Feider Viloria by TD in Round 7 of 8

Win vs Guadalupe De Leon 8-11-0

Oct 28, 2010 Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Guadalupe De Leon by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Willie Villanueva 9-2-0

Sep 25, 2010 Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Willie Villanueva by KO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Mauricio Pastrana 35-14-2

Jul 22, 2010 Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Mauricio Pastrana by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Rodrigo Aranda 8-12-2

Jun 24, 2010 Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Rodrigo Aranda by KO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Carlos Diaz 10-22-4

Apr 16, 2010 Omni New Daisy Theater, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Carlos Diaz by KO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Jairo Delgado 3-4-0

Feb 19, 2010 Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Jairo Delgado by KO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs David Orosco Cano 1-6-0

Jan 30, 2010 Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against David Orosco Cano by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Rodrigo Romero 1-2-0

Dec 18, 2009 Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Rodrigo Romero by TKO in Round 3 of 4

Win vs Noe Lopez 4-3-0

Oct 23, 2009 Laredo Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Noe Lopez by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Noe Lopez Jr 4-3-0

Oct 23, 2009 Laredo Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Noe Lopez Jr by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Jason Jones 2-2-0

Aug 07, 2009 Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Jason Jones by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Alvaro Muro 6-15-0

May 01, 2009 Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Alvaro Muro by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs John Wampash 1-0-1

Feb 14, 2009 BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against John Wampash by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Antonio Reyes 3-2-0

Jan 16, 2009 Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Gary Russell Jr WINS against Antonio Reyes by TKO in Round 3 of 4

Stats

Gary Allen Russell Jr “Mr.”

  • WINS 30
  • LOSSES 1
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 18

Weight 126 lbs (57.27 kg)

Height 5'" (1.64 m)

Reach 64" (163 cm)

  • Born

    June 05, 1988
  • Age

    31
  • Country

    USA
  • Born in

    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Trains in

    Capitol Heights, MD
  • Stance

    Southpaw
  • Rounds Boxed

    148
  • KO Percentage

    58.06%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

Gary Allen Russell Jr Bio

WBC World Featherweight Champion may possess the fastest hands in the sport, to go along with his superior skills. Russell is one of boxing's longest reigning champions and shows no signs of slowing down.

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Fistic Royalty

Part of a prodigious boxing family, WBC World Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. is trained by his father Gary Sr., and alongside two of his younger brothers, Gary Antonio and Gary Antuanne, who are both rising unbeaten prospects. 

Boxing since the age of seven, Russell won the Junior Olympics in 2044 and a year later earned U.S. and National Golden Gloves titles, becoming one of only two boxers to win both before the age of 17.

Russell continued to gain accolades and qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in 2008, but was unable to compete after a medical mishap at the Olympic weigh-in. This setback did not hold him back long at all, as Russell turned pro in January 2009 with a stoppage victory.

Gary Russell Jr vs. Jhonny Gonzalez

A Fast Rise

Fighting in the featherweight division, Russell racked up six victories in 2011 over a slew of veteran contenders to establish himself as a contender and earn recognition as the 2011 Prospect of the Year from ESPN, Ring Magazine and Sports Illustrated. 

In 2014 Russell was in position for his first world title when he fought Vasyl Lomachenko for the vacant WBO Featherweight Championship. In a battle of two of the division’s most-skilled competitors, Russell lost the close majority decision. 

Russell was not kept down for long however, as he scored a sensational knockout of Jhonny Gonzalez in March 2015 to grab the WBC featherweight world title in a fight taking place in Las Vegas. Russell scored three knockdowns before eventually finishing Gonzalez in spectacular fashion in the fourth round.

The Premier Featherweight

Since capturing the title, Russell has taken care of ever roadblock in his way. 

April 2016 saw Russell blast out Patrick Hyland in the second round before a May 2017 stoppage of mandatory challenger Oscar Escandon.

On May 19, 2018, Russell took on unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. in anticipated matchup. Russell proved to be too skilled for the younger Diaz as he showed off his speed on his way to a unanimous decision victory. 

On May 18, 2019, Russell returned to the ring, battering former world champion Kiko Martinez via fifth-round TKO at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.  

Russell vs. Nyambayar: February 8, 2020 (SHOWTIME Sports)

Boxing's Longest Reigning Champion

On February 8, 2020, Russell took on dangerous, undefeated mandatory challenger, Tugstsogt Nyambayar, at PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Nyambayar was a game, tough out but Russell again showed why he is one of the world's best fighters, successfully defending his WBC World Featherweight crown a fifth time by winning a clear, 12-round unanimous decision in a PBC on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing main event.

The southpaw’s handspeed was too much for Nyambayar (11-1, 9 KOs). Russell fought well going backward, using a left lead and a steady jab that was in Nyambayar's face for most of the fight.

All three judges were in agreement. Judge David Bilocerkowec gave Russell 10 of 12 rounds (118-110), while judge Glenn Feldman (116-112) and John McKaie (117-111) also had Russell winning by a comfortable margin.

“We put the work in every day in the gym,” Russell said. “I'm a perfectionist. We knew we had a very tough opponent and I knew he was going to bring his physical best. He had everything to gain and nothing to lose. We just focused and showed I'm one of the longest reigning champions for a reason.”