Gary Russell, Jr., 24-1, came up short in his bid to join the other world champion boxers from the Washington, DC area. He lost a majority decision to Vasly Lomachenko, who came into this championship fight with a record of 1-1. He becomes the second fighter to win a world title in his 3 rd pro fight. He was the, head and shoulders, best fighter that Russell, Jr. had fought as a pro. Lomachenko, despite his 2-1 pro record competed in 397 amateur fights and lost only 1. He won 2 Gold Medals in the Olympics and was the stronger fighter on this night, even though both fighters weighed the same, 125 and a half pounds.
"It's a little disappointing, but it's all good. We are warriors and we have to go back to the drawing board", says Russell, Jr. Russell, Jr. is said to have the fastest hands in the sport, but he was never able to catch Lomachenko with anything solid. ShoStats had Gary landing only 10% of his punches, even though he threw over 200 more shots than his opponent. "He had real good lateral movement. We tried to close the distance with the jab....he was moving really good, I take my hat off to him", said an analytical Russell, Jr. Gary continued, "I just didn't execute the game plan, which was to throw 2 and 3 jabs, work the body and slow him down. He moved pretty good. I couldn't get to him like I thought I would. He was exactly what I saw in reviewing the tapes. We just have to go back to the gym".
Both fighters are 26 years of age. Both fighters are natural right handers, fighting south paw, but the extensive amateur career of Lomachenko proved to be too much experience for Russell, Jr. Lomachenko, from Ukraine,seemed to have much more power in his punches. Gary never seemed to hurt Lomachenko, as Lomachenko was moving Russell, Jr. around the ring with hard body shots and straight shots to the head. The judges scored it 114-114, 116-112 and 116-112. Judge, Lisa Giampa scored the fight a draw. It was hard to see what she saw. Please subscribe and look for the future fights of Gary Russell, Jr.