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Russell says Lomanchenko doesn’t have what it takes

Photo: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / GBP

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos / GBP

Gary Russell Jr. held an open workout in Capitol Heights, Maryland and spoke of his upcoming WBO featherweight title bout in Carson, California against Vasyl Lomachenko.

Russell Jr. spoke to the media about as well as his boxing lineage heading into his June 21 Showtime televised showdown.

“You can have a good amateur pedigree but it is still a learning process [in the pros],”

“I’ve gone from being 8-0, 10-0 and you see me now at 24-0, it’s a transformation. The rounds I’ve put in as a professional take its course. I’m more comfortable in the ring. You see me knowing how to slow the pace down after eight rounds, nine rounds. How do you put away a guy after you hurt him? This takes experience.”

Russell Jr. doesn’t think Lomanchenko has what it takes for 30 minutes of professional action.

“With Lomachenko, he has experience in four-round fights. He doesn’t know how to slow the pace down in a 10-round fight, a high-intensity fight. You can only familiarize yourself with how to do that with experience.”

Russell Jr. is trained by his father and all four of his bothers are National Golden Gloves winners.

“This shows my father’s pedigree as a trainer,”

“He didn’t work with boxers who started boxing [somewhere else] and he got them from another coach. He built us from the ground up. He put his own blood, sweat and tears into this. He invested a lot of his time into this. After making history in the National Golden Gloves, what better way to finish the year than by winning a world championship.”

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