Gary Antuanne Russell claims he is not scared to fight Jaron Ennis again!
Boxing is filled with terrific young fighters who are on their way from prospect status to contender level. Gary Antuanne Russell, 23 (13-0, 13KOs) is among that crop of young rising talented fighters.
Currently campaigning at junior welterweight, he returned on February 8 on the under-card of his older brother WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr’s (31-1, 18KOs) title defense against mandatory Tugstsogt Nyambayar.
He scored a first round stoppage victory over Jose Marrufo (12-10-2, 1KO).
The southpaw was interviewed by fighthype.com afterwards where the discussion turned to another highly skilled rising welterweight prospect, Jaron “Boots” Ennis (25-0, 23KOs).
Russell and Ennis fought four times in the amateurs as Russell went 3-1 in those meetings.
“If y’all think that’ll be a mega fight in the future then y’all are sadly mistaken. It’s people that Jaron Ennis is chasing because he feels that’s a mega fight.
“Mega fights don’t mean just because there’s two great fighters that’s not what a mega fight means.”
On their amateur fight history
“We definitely have history. He’s a good fighter. He was a competitive fighter when I competed against him.
“He beat me in the qualifiers the first night the very first time we fought was in the Golden Gloves nationals.
“Me and my family we made history. It’s never been four brothers to win the National Golden Gloves tournament.
“Before that it’s been three brothers and that record lasted over 90 years or so up until 2016 when I beat Jaron Ennis in the National Golden Gloves.”
WILL THEY FIGHT AS PROS?
“If he wants to get it in when can get it in. But it definitely won’t be for no chump change and it definitely won’t be soon in my career and it’s not because I’m afraid that’s not case or the fact.
“It’s because it’s a foolish move.”
It must also again be pointed out that these two young prospects campaign at different weight classes. Russell is a junior welterweight and Ennis is a welterweight.
Ennis is also much closer to a world title opportunity than Russell is. However if these two guys continue to improve and everything lines up, this fight will be one to be made down the line.
As for now let these two guys continue to improve their skills and gain experience.
By: Jerrell Fletcher