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(Boxing) Gary Russell Jr Retains His Featherweight World Title Against Oscar Escandon With A Seven Round Knockout

(Boxing) Gary Russell Jr Retains His Featherweight World Title Against Oscar Escandon With A Seven Round Knockout


Gary Russell Jr, in his Second title defense against Oscar Escandon in his first hometown fight at the MGM National Harbor, retained his title with a Seventh round knockout giving the hometown crowd a dominant victory.

Russell was never in danger against Escandon, whom he plowed through with some ruthless power and speed, overwhelming his opponent, this showed in the first, two rounds he easily won and almost ended the fight in the third round with a brutal Upper cut, which Escandon managed to survive.

Escandon showed much heart in taking in all those hits though pushed around in most of the fight and at the time of the knockout, Russell led on all three scorecards -- 60-52, 59-54 and 59-54.

"First and foremost, I got to say happy birthday to my father. Secondly, I'd like to tell all the fans that came to support me: I love you all. Thank you," Russell said. "I fought a tough competitor. I knew Escandon wanted to come and bring his best. I knew he was going to come forward. I was ready for him. We are warriors."

"I'm ecstatic," he said. "I'm really happy. I got three wins, three stoppages. It's my birthday. I'm 15 minutes from home, and I can go home and relax."

The 28-year-old southpaw, was coming in after a 13 month break since his second-round knockout of Patrick Hyland but looked better and faster despite his inactivity. According to CompuBox punch statistics, Russell landed 198 of 508 shots (39 percent), and Escandon landed 110 of 558 (20 percent).

"I knew that Gary was going to go fast from the first to the fifth round, and it was part of my strategy to let him do that and get tired. It didn't work, unfortunately," Escandon said. "Now we need to go back to the drawing board to rest and see what my manager has planned for me."

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