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NBCOlympics.com - Russell puts flash, flair in Olympic boxing team

This a good fighter with all the dimensions of becoming a good fighter in the pros. Some even compare him to have the same fighting style as Ali and Mayweather. Eventhough he has a torn shoulder that will require surgery after the Olympics, I still feel that he's capable of becoming a gold medalist.

Gary Russell Jr.

Weight Class: Bantamweight/119 pounds
Height: 5-3
Weight: 119 lbs
Born: June 5, 1988
Lives: Capital Heights, Md.
Coach: Gary Russell, Sr. and Robert Martin
Club: Enigma Boxing
Began boxing: 1995
Family Ties: Russell's three younger brothers also box and all four are trained by their father, Gary Russell, Sr.
Did you know: Russell is the youngest member of USA Boxing's Elite Team and won both the U.S. Championships and National Golden Gloves while he was still 16
2005 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS BRONZE MEDALIST
2005 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPION
2005 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD MEDALIST
2004 JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPION
2005 World Cup: dec. Chavazhi Khatsygov, BLR, 21-20; lost on points to Maksim Khalikov, RUS, 31-22
National Golden Gloves: won on retirement over John Franklin, RET-3, in first round; dec. Enrique Vasquez, 5-0, in quarterfinals; dec. Rico Ramos, 5-0, in semifinals; dec. Sergio Perales, 5-0, in finals for 1st.
U.S. Championships: dec. Jorge Diaz, 13-10, in preliminaries; stopped Issac Viscarra, RSC-1, in quarterfinals; dec. Troy Wohosky, 14-5, in semifinals; dec. Sytel Wilbarn, 16-5, in finals for 1st


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Russell who has three boxing brothers started boxing in 1995 and is trained by his father. In 2004 he became Junior Olympic Champion.

At age 16 he won both the U.S. Championships and the Golden Gloves in 2005. He became one of only two boxers to win both the U.S. Championships and National Golden Gloves before his 17th birthday. In October 2005 the small southpaw boxer-puncher had a record of 163-10.

In November 2005 at the world championships in Mianyang the bantamweight(119lbs) beat Bulgarian Detelin Stefanov Dalakliev, 25-21, in the first round; dec. Canadian Tyson Cave, 22-9, in the second round; dec. Jordanian Al Gharaghir Ibrahim, 34-13 before losing to German Rustamhodza Rahimov, 28-17 thus winning the bronze medal at age 17 (joining Rau'shee Warren)and was named 2005 USA BOXING Athlete of the year.

He repeated his national title win in 2006, at the US championships 2007 he was injured. He has broken his hands in the past.

At the Olympic Trials 2007 he sensationally lost to Roberto Marroquin in his first fight (17:18), his first defeat to a countryman in eight years, but beat him twice later and bested national champion Rios to qualify. Russell became only the fourth boxer in U.S. team history to lose in the opening round and rebound to win his weight class, the others were Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones Jr. and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

At the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago he beat Ali Hallab to qualify for the Olympics but was beaten soundly by Russia's eventual winner Sergey Vodopyanov 16-6 and didn't medal.

He is guided by his father, his "mitt man" Robert "Herb" Martin, and his strength and conditioning coach Floyd Seymour, a former Olympic boxer who rigorously trains Russell two hours a day.


YouTube - Team USA Sparring in Argentina featuring Gary Russell Jr.

This man can do some damage in the Olympics so watch out!
 

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I saw him against a guy's name that I can't remember on MSNBC two Sunday's ago. He's my second pick to win gold behind my boy 'Shee.
 

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I saw him against a guy's name that I can't remember on MSNBC two Sunday's ago. He's my second pick to win gold behind my boy 'Shee.
He's got what it takes to win it, I just hope his shoulder isn't going to bother him too much.
 

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He looked fine on that Sunday. He's a bit more fundamentally sound than Rau'shee, which will help him if his shoulder does in fact bother him.
 

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After seeing him beat somone with JUST his left hand him being a southpaw, I really like his chances, he has turned into my #1 pick for gold. Excellent feints, ring generalship, footork, defense, and punches all with tremendous speed.

 

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After seeing him beat somone with JUST his left hand him being a southpaw, I really like his chances, he has turned into my #1 pick for gold. Excellent feints, ring generalship, footork, defense, and punches all with tremendous speed.

I agree :thumbsup:, I beleive he's one of the most versatile olympic boxers that's going to be at the Olympic this year without a doubt.
 

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Bad news folks, Gary Russell Jr. will not compete in the Olympics after collapsing trying to make weight.
 

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Damn this guy is more than impressive. He would have won a medal for sure. Warren and Andrade will avenge him.
I agree, this is a major blow for the to Team USA. Andrade and Warren will avenge.
 

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I'll let you ride shotgun, but you have to be there in 5 years when I tell everyone I told ya so after Warren makes the P4P list.
Agreed :thumbsup:, that kid has something else in him and it's not human. I've seen some quick fighters in my time, but man never that fast LOL.
 

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If you miss any shane just let me know.

In a recent interview with Russell today at the trials he seemed extremely disappointed. He says he's going to stick around and watch his fellow teammates. Teammates who arent exactly very happy with Russel.

IMO, they need to give this kid a break. Especially F'in Estrada who isn't worth a crap.
 

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If you miss any shane just let me know.

In a recent interview with Russell today at the trials he seemed extremely disappointed. He says he's going to stick around and watch his fellow teammates. Teammates who arent exactly very happy with Russel.

IMO, they need to give this kid a break. Especially F'in Estrada who isn't worth a crap.
So some of Russell's teammates are upset with him :confused:, it's not like he didn't want to be in the Olympics. I guess they felt that he let them down.
 

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Yes, the entire usa team is disappointed in him. I agree, its not really his fault. He tried as hard as he could to make weight and even risked his own health for his team.
 
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