Gary Russell Jr. Crushes Jhonny Gonzalez

By Robert Ecksel on March 29, 2015
Gary Russell Jr. Crushes Jhonny Gonzalez
Russell shook off the loss to Vasyl Lomachenko and brought the fight to Jhonny Gonzalez.

Gary Russell Jr. destroyed WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez, dropping him three times en route to a fourth round TKO…

Saturday night the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs), from Capital Heights, Maryland, destroyed WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs), from Mexico City, Mexico, dropping him three times en route to a fourth round TKO.

Fighting out of the red corner, the 26-year-old Russell is a cool customer who on this night fought hot. He is fast, skilled, and possesses an Olympic pedigree, but the jury has been out in terms of how far he might go, especially after the loss to Vasyl Lomachenko in June of last year.

Gonzalez, fighting out of the blue corner, is a future hall-of-famer who, at the age of 33, fought as though his career may be drawing to a close. He has been at it for 16 years and has been a great champion. Notwithstanding his destruction of Abner Mares in 2013, which seems like a fluke at the time, it may be wise to consider hanging ‘em up before he gets seriously hurt.

Southpaw Russell controlled the fight from the opening bell, landing blinding punches to Gonzalez’s head and body. The Mexico City native seemed content to methodically choose his shots, but he looked old and slow and landed a single punch in round one.

Gonzalez was no more impressive in round two. He succeeded in closing the distance between himself and the challenger, but he wasn’t letting his hands go, in part because he was getting nailed.

Round three was more of the same. Gonzalez’s inability to mount an offense was hampered by Russell’s strength and precision. Jhonny landed a couple body shots, but only succeeded in opening himself up for a devastating right hook that dropped him at the bell.

Gonzalez had no legs to go along with no hope or game plan in the fourth. Twenty seconds in he got caught with a straight left that put him down a second time. He made it to his feet only to be dropped again. Tony Weeks had seen all he needed to see and waved it off at 37 seconds into the round.

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  1. nicolas 11:50am, 03/31/2015

    Dwyer of gamblers advisory, who favored Gonzalez in this fight made an interesting point. If there was a rematch, might the result be different. I sort of agree with him, depending on how Gonzalez’s mind is. Those older than I, I’‘m sure they did not see Floyd Patterson winning the rematch with Johansen back in 1960.

  2. Don from Prov 12:00pm, 03/30/2015

    Lord, did JG look shot—

    Be a shame if Mares is ruined by the KO loss to Jhonny

  3. Koolz 05:26am, 03/30/2015

    Holy Crap Gonzalez got his Butt Woooped!

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 11:23am, 03/29/2015

    Step up Rigo and Walters…..let’s go….which reminds me…..looks like Mikey Garcia is MIA!

  5. AKT 01:40am, 03/29/2015

    Having a lawsuit brought against you a day before a major fight doesn’t help. I guess ODLH’s game plan worked a treat.

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