GONZALEZ vs. RUSSELL JR. – A NEW CHAMPION OR A KNOCK OUT

By Joe Thackray [Twitter: @joe_thackray, Instagram: @joethack]

Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

An action packed night of boxing is in store on Saturday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

The feature bout of the evening see’s Mexico’s Jhonny Gonzales defend his WBC featherweight world title against America’s Gary Russell Jr.

As the old cliché goes, styles make fights.

Gonzalez is very much a go forward, attacking fighter, where as Russell Jr is a real technician with a decorated amateur background and has arguably the fastest hands in the business.

Both fighters are coming off of impressive victories in their last fights and are both looking to become the figurehead of the featherweight division.  This is Russell Jr’s second attempt at capturing a world title after coming up short against Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine in June last year.

There is also a mouth-watering contest in the junior middleweight division when Vanes Martirosyan Faces rising star Jermell Charlo.

28 year old Martirosyan lost a split decision for the vacant WBO title in 2013 to Demetrius Andrade but has since won two fights in a row.

Charlo on the other hand was due to face Andrade last year for the WBO 154 lb pound title but the fight fell through because of a financial dispute. Instead Charlo fought Mario Alberto Lopez and cruised to a unanimous decision victory.

A win on Saturday night will surely mean a shot at a title for Charlo.

 

Charlo’s twin brother and self proclaimed ‘future of boxing’ Jermall is also in action at the Palm as he looks to improve to 21-0 when he takes on Michael Finney. There is a lot of hype surrounding the Charlo brothers and Jermall will surely look to make a statement by winning in impressive fashion.

Finney, who usually fights at Welterweight, lost his last bout to the relatively inexperienced southpaw Erickson Lubin so will be determined to get back to winning ways on Saturday against Charlo.

 

J’leon Love will be looking to bounce back from his first professional loss when he faces Scott Sigmon. Sigmon also lost his last fight which should make this one a great spectacle for the fans.

 

Puerto Rican Super Bantamweight, Cesar Seda will fight the hard hitting Mexican Cesar Juarez. Both fighters are coming off of decent wins in their last fights and Seda will no doubt be pushing himself towards another world title shot after losing out to Leo Santa Cruz in 2013.

 

Lastly, 20 year old Thomas Hill will be hoping to make it 3 wins from 3 when he faces the 21 year old ‘Pretty Boy’ Jeremiah Page in a 4 round super welterweight contest. Both young fighters will look to impress on an action packed card under the bright lights of Las Vegas.