Oxon Hill, MD - When Gary Russell, Jr. steps in the ring Saturday night it will be in familiar territory. The 28-year old, Capitol Heights native lives about 15 miles from the fight venue, the MGM National Harbor. Russell was set to debut boxing in the new complex with his challenger, Oscar Escandon for the WBC featherweight title back on March 11th. But was sidelined due to an injury during training. With his father and trainer by his side, Gary Russell, Sr, Gary, Jr. hopes to sweeten his dad's birthday this weekend by delivering a powerful performance. "I'm 100 percent physically and mentally ready for the challenge and I'm on top of everything I can be, " he said.
Gary Russell Jr. vs. Oscar Escandon is a featherweight world championship showdown that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, May 20 from MGM National Harbor in Maryland. Televised coverage begins on SHOWTIME at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT and features super middleweight contenders Andre Dirrell and Jose Uzcategui in a matchup for the Interim IBF Super Middleweight World Championship plus two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy in a WBA 140-pound world title eliminator against Kiryl Relikh. In the telecast opener, from Copper Box Arena in London, Gervonta Davis puts his IBF Jr. Lightweight Title on the line against Liam Walsh.
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About the Author:
Darryl Keeton is an avid striking, grappling and wrestling fan living in Upper Marlboro, MD. He holds a black belt in ITF Tae Kwon Do with additional training in Combat Jujutsu, Boxing and Muay Thai.