Saturday on Showtime Boxing W.B.C. featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez will make the third defense of his title against #1 contender Gary Russell Jr. from Las Vegas. Gary Russell Jr. vs Jhonny Gonzalez Odds have Russell Jr. as the -175 moneyline favorite for the 10 PM main event. Gonzalez, 57-8, 48 KO’s, captured the crown with a career reviving 11th round KO over brawler Jorge Arce. Russell Jr., 25-1, 14 KO’s, lost his first bid for a title bout against Vasyl Lomachenko but rebounded with a win in in his last fight against trailhorse Christoher Martin. Can Russell capture the W.B.C. championship in his his second bid for a title? Our boxing picks handicappers broke down the sides. Gary Russell Jr. vs Jhonny Gonzalez Odds have Russell Jr. -175 moneyline (Bet $175 to win $100) at SPORTSBOOK.ag
Boxing Picks Analysis: Russell Jr. too fast, too slick and too determined to lose his status as a potential star. Jhonny is a cagey veteran with a great chin and sound technique but Russell Jr.’s explosive combinations will be the difference. Gonzalez will attempt to use his long and punishing jab to neutralize the southpaw’s speed but Russell Jr.’s counetrpunches will make the Mexican hesitate after eating a few hard snipers. Gary Russell Jr. vs Jhonny Gonzalez Odds give Russell Jr. a 64% chance of winning at SPORTSBOOK.ag
ESPN2 Boxing News Bottom Line: Russell Jr.’s tenacity will show in this fight when met by the formidable power of the lanky champion. Gonzalez is a little too straight up defensively however and the upper-body movement of the D.C. fighter Russell Jr. will help create angles and outbox the champ. Bet Gary Russell to win on convincingly on the scorecards to capture his first 126 Lb. crown.
ESPN2 Boxing News Play: Gary Russell Jr. -175 Moneyline at SPORTSBOOK.ag
Gary Russell Jr. vs Jhonny Gonzalez Tale-Of-The-Tape
Gary Russell Jr.
Wt. 138 (estimated)
Style: Southpaw Slickster
Best Punch: Left Cross
Wt. 132 (estimated)
Best Punch: Straight Right
Rounds Fought: 324