Being a Steelers fan of the late ’70s into the ’80s, hard-nosed defense is what I like.
Being a fan of the underdog, and hard-nosed running, the Redskins’ Doug Williams and John Riggins come to mind…
Mr. Gary Russell Jr. is a classy, well-groomed Prize fighter out of the Maryland-D.C. area, and I think he resembles both of these teams with a touch of the Dallas Cowboys of the ’90s, along with the modern-day, gritty, dirty birds of Baltimore – Ray Lewis and those Championship Ravens.
Gary Russell Jr. is speed, power, a touch of pizazz, with a lot of – even though it’s not shown in public – that “dog” in him.
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His last fight displayed his defensive genius. It reminded me of Marshall Faulk’s coming-out performance against the university of Hawaii in ’91-’92, when he scored 7 touchdowns, and all the critics said was, “But it was against Hawaii,” disregarded he came off the bench as a freshman. He is a soon-to-be Hall-of-Famer. He is a multiple Superbowl champion, I believe, and is currently a well-spoken commentator in his previous profession, which is football. (Have you heard Mr. Gary Russell Jr. speak as of late? He is very well-versed.)
What I’m saying is, men like Al Haymon and Oscar de la Hoya, and Gary Russell Sr. see the prestige of the athlete. Unlike Doug Williams, unfortunately, who won the Superbowl and was the M.V.P., the very next year, was traded.
Gary has a life after Boxing, yet still in Boxing. His skill in the ring, hasn’t been rushed because there is no need to pawn in the “cash-cow”. He doesn’t need gimmicks like Manny Pacquiao did. He doesn’t need to be loud and rambunctious like Adrien Broner because of his amateur pedigree. At the end of the day, this is business. Mr. Gary Russell Jr. makes for good business.
He has been ready for world-class, and has been fighting world-class, such as the “Gamboas,” since he was 17 and traveling the world.
Personally knowing Gary, if it were up to him, he would try and unify every belt from every weight division, from every champion because he is truly a fighter that wants to be the best. This is where great management, great team, great coaching, in a word, handling comes into effect, saving the athlete from themselves.
As Mr. Russell Sr. said,
“There is no need for him to dance around, and jump around after a knockout or a win. He is doing what he is trained to do.”
Gary is a throwback of old Motown artists, in that they would be groomed and nurtured before stardom – The Jackson 5s, Diana Ross & the Supremes. If you know Al Haymon, which most of us don’t, then you would know why, what, and where Gary Russell Jr. is about to blossom.
Intelligent men make intelligent moves. If you ever wonder how Mayweather went from being a $2 million fighter a bout, into a $50 million+ fighter a bout, look at the company that has chosen Mayweather as client and friend. Then, look at who Mr. Gary Russell Jr. has also been befriended by, as far as business movements go.
As far as the opponents go, Mr. Russell Jr. has done what others we call great fighters have done. He was a 118 lb fighter at the Olympics. He has been campaigning at 126 lbs, has looked to fight at 130 lbs, and is willing to go down to 122 lbs to challenge and make a super fight with Donaire, so the talk is.
The next few opponents, I think, for Gary Russell Jr., should go as such:
- A durable, competitive fighter to test his hands.
- Depending upon the recovery of his recent hand injury from fight with Vyacheslav Gusev on Mar. 2nd, a title fight.
- A title fight, again pending recovery of his hand injury…who he fights at this point is irrelevant because everyone knows how the fight will go. You have to press Gary Russell Jr. You cannot out-speed him. Ultimately, everyone wants to see, which they haven’t seen yet, which those who really, truly know Gary Russell Jr., already know that dog, that mean-streak, that “killer”, and the person who presses him will find that out. We will all have our final answers to the Gary Russell Jr. “question”.
Boxing is about T.E.A.M., “Together Eliminating All Mistakes.” That being said, don’t look for Gary Russell Jr. to take any losses any time soon, due to both his skill and his T.E.A.M., and his team’s skill.
This is B.A.M.