Russell eager to make Jan. 17 pro debut
U.S. Olympic boxer Gary Russell Jr. will put the disappointing end to his amateur career behind him when he makes his professional debut Jan. 17.
Despite entering the 2008 Beijing Games as a strong bantamweight medal favorite, Russell, of Capitol Heights, Md., never boxed in the Olympics -- he collapsed trying to shed the last two pounds in an attempt to make weight for his 119-pound first-round match. Russell was disqualified.
Although he has not yet partnered with a promoter, ...
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