Gary Russell jr is unquestionably one of the most skilled fighters on earth. He is also one of the most inactive. Fighting just onece per year since 2015. Mr Russellm is set to make his 2019 appearance against Kiko Martinez on the undercard of Wilder vs Breazeale on May 18th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn Russell Jr last fought in May of 2018 against Jo Jo Diaz at the MGM National Harbor in his home state of Maryland. Russell is 5-0(3) since the only setback of his career to Vasyl Lomachenko back in 2014. Kiko Martinez is a veteran of nearly 50 pro fights and has compiled a record of 39-8-2 and captured a European title in his last time out against Mark Vidal in late 2018, but has come up short against the highest level of competition.
Former 140 & 147-pound champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley has thrown around the idea of returning to the ring. Bradley who has put together a borderline hall of fame career hasn’t fought since 2016 when he dropped the rubber match against Manny Pacquiao. Bradley is now 35-years-old and has accumulated a record of 33-2-1 and has only lost to Manny Pacquiao a man whom he has also beaten “Desert Storm” has thrown around the names of Errol Spence who holds the 147-pound IBF strap and Amir Khan who fights WBO champ, Terence Crawford, this weekend. Bradley, like Crawford, is represented byTop Rank who also represents Terence Crawford and no other top tier welterweights may waive a big enough purse to lure Bradley back into the ring.
Shakur Stevenson is facing the biggest battle of his life inside and outside the ring. Inside the ring, he will do battle with the highly talented Christopher Diaz on the Crawford-Khan undercard at The Mecca Of Boxing Madison Square Garden this Saturday on PPV. Outside the ring, The video of a nine-month-old brawl involving Stevenson was released two weeks ago by a Miami-based television reporter. The footage showed Stevenson in an undeniably negative light. The unbeaten Stevenson faces a misdemeanor battery charge resulting from a July fight in Miami Beach, in which Stevenson and a friend fought with a man and two girls in a parking garage. Of the potential legal issues, the Newark native said “I can’t really talk about that right now, you could talk to my lawyer, Josh Dubin. He’s right here.”