WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. (28-1, 17 KOs) is going home on May 19 as he will battle Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (26-0, 14 KOs) live on SHOWTIME from MGM National Harbor in Maryland.
The Washington D.C. native has big plans for his career. He wants to dispatch Diaz, unify at 126, and eventually move up to fight Mikey Garcia:
“As far as a hit list of my next opponents goes, we are first going to take care of JoJo,” Russell said at a press conference on Tuesday. “I would love to get a unification bout with Leo Santa Cruz after that. If we don’t get that, I plan on moving up in weight and challenging whoever has the title in that division. You want to know who I really want, though? I want Mikey Garcia.”
Russell, 29, also has some interest in WBA junior lightweight champ Gervonta Davis:
“Of course I would entertain a fight with Gervonta Davis,” Russell said “We’re cool. He’s somebody that I actually watched grow up and develop as a fighter, but you have to stay in your lane. When I move up in weight, he’s got to get out of the way or he’s going to get ran over too.”
When it’s all said and done, Russell would love to avenge his only loss, which would be a rematch against Vasyl Lomachenko:
“My last fight will be against (Vasyl) Lomachenko. I want to conclude my career with breaking my foot off of him. That will be the conclusion of it. I’m willing to wait, though. Right now, we’re good.”
Russell has a lot of ability and talent. He has the potential to be a star in the sport, but he can’t overlook Diaz on May 19.