Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
Featherweight sensation Gary Russell Jr continued his climb up the division ranks with a dominant third round knockout over Christopher Perez on Saturday, June 30 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Russell outclassed Perez primarily with his unmatched hand speed, powerful and precise flurrying and general ring nous. With one knockdown scored in the second round, followed by a further three in the third, a teekayo win was awarded.
Official verdict: Gary Russell Jr by way of 3rd Rd TKO.
Occupying the centre of the ring immediately, Russell Jr (20-0-0, 12ko) bossed the space and almost the entire opening minute had it not been for a countering right hand landed by Perez; his most significant punch of the round. Russell, though, demonstrated his blazing-fast hand-speed, landing solitary shots but also loading up on leather and attacking the Mexican with combinations.
In round two, Russell’s flurrying began with body blows and concluded upstairs and it was this style of move that produced a knockdown in the final minute of the round. Showing a good finisher’s instinct, Russell went after Perez (23-3-0, 14ko) when he had returned to his feet, stalked his prey, caught Christopher with a mighty left hook and generally forced the Sinaloa 126lber into a retreat.
Russell scored a crucial second knockdown at the beginning of the third round, knocking Perez through the ropes and onto his seat, prompting the referee to tell Perez that he ‘needs to show him something’. That something did not arrive, though, and Russell floored him again with two minutes left to wind down on the round clock.
Then, a right hand dropped Perez and the officiator immediately took over, took a hold of Perez and invited the ringside physician into the ring. Russell then returned to his corner, nonplussed, and had his gloves taken off while Another One Bites The Dust played out.