It is officially time for the annual Gary Russell Jr. (30-1, 18 KOs) ring appearance.
For five years in a row, WBC Featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. has competed just once inside of the squared circle. For as talented as Russell Jr. is, he doesn’t appear to be fond of fighting more than just once a year.
The sport of boxing has changed. Gone are the days of fighters, fighting three or four times per year, but in the case of Russell Jr., he has taken his inactivity to a whole other level.
According to Russell, his lack of ring appearances has more to do with opposing fighters unwillingness to face him. Well, in this case, Russell Jr. is have an opponent who is more than willing to stand across the ring from him.
On February 8, 2020 at the PPL Center in Allentown Pennsylvania, Russell Jr. will put his WBC title on the line against mandatory challenger Tugstsogt Nyambayar (11-0, 9 KOs).
Not only has Nyambayar looked impressive in his 11 pro contests, but he is also a 2012 Olympic silver medalist. That isn’t an achievement that is simply handed out to just anyone.
The hype surrounding Nayambayar is apparent, but in Russell Jr., he’ll be facing by far the most dangerous fighter he has ever stepped inside of the ring against.
Russell Jr., still possesses the ridiculous hand speed along with one of the very best ring IQs in the sport of boxing.
His lone defeat came at the hands of Vasiliy Lomachenko back in 2014 and he’s been on a roll ever since.
Going into this contest, Russell Jr. is the clear favorite, but with his lack of ring appearances, you have to think that eventually the rust will catch up with the long reigning champion.
Regardless of the outcome, if you are a fan of Russell Jr., then you might want to take the time to enjoy this contest because this could be the very last time you see him in a ring during the 2020 boxing calendar.