So much for ring rust.
Even as he maps out his future, 126-pound champ Gary Russell Jr. insists he’s not overlooking Patrick Hyland
Gary Russell Jr. has talked a lot recently about his plans for the future, both in and out of the ring: He wants to take on the cream of the 126-pound crop, unify the division’s titles and hang up his gloves for good, all in relatively short order.
When southpaw Gary Russell Jr. fought Jhonny Gonzalez in March 2015 in Las Vegas, he was challenging a 126-pound world champion with a history of trouble against left-handers. Of Gonzalez’s eight losses entering the fight, six had been against southpaws, and two came by knockout.
Gary Russell Jr. believes he’s on the fast track toward unifying the titles in the 126-pound division. The 27-year-old world champion also believes he’s on the fast track toward moving on to the next phase of his life.