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Russell Jr. vs. Castaneda

Russell Jr. impressive win over Castaneda on ShoBox

INDIO, CALIF. (Nov. 10, 2012) – Unbeaten featherweight contender and 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell Jr., capped off “The Night of the Olympians” in dazzling style with a brutal third-round knockout win over Roberto Castaneda in the main event Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.

In a candidate for Knockout of the Year, the talented southpaw Russell (21-0, 13 KO’s), of Capitol Heights, Md., impressively finished Castaneda (20-3-1, 15 KO’s) of Mexicali, Mexico, with a picturesque, perfectly placed right-hook to the chin at 1:25 of the round.

Super middleweight Terrell Gausha, of Cleveland, Ohio, scored three knockdowns en route to a second-round stoppage over Dustin Caplinger (2-4, 1 KO) of Chillicothe, Ohio; southpaw junior middleweight Errol Spence Jr., of Desoto, Texas, finished Jonathan Garcia (3-4, 1 KO), of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, in the third round; left-handed cruiserweight Marcus Browne, of Staten Island, N.Y., celebrated his 23rd birthday one day early by blasting out Codale Ford (2-1), of Fort Gibson, Okla., in the third round; heavyweight Dominic Breazeale, of Anaheim, Calif., registered two knockdowns en route to a 1:06, first-round knockout over Curtis Tate (4-4, 4 KO’s), of Oakland, Tenn.; and southpaw bantamweight Rau’Shee Warren, of Cincinnati, Ohio, overcame a fluke knockdown to take a unanimous four-round decision over Luis Rivera (1-3), of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Continue reading

Gary Russell Jr. annihilates Roberto Castaneda in 3 rounds

By Joseph Herron: If we learned anything tonight at the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino in Indio, California, Gary Russell Jr. (21-0, 13 KOs) is one bad dude and will more than likely become a world champion at either 126 or 130 pounds in 2013.

The talented Mr. Russell capped off a very special Olympic edition of “ShoBox: The Next Generation”, which featured the pro debut of five members of the 2012 American Olympic squad of the London Summer Games.

In an obvious “KO of the Year” candidate, the Featherweight sensation destroyed the valiant but outclassed Roberto Castaneda (20-3-1, 15 KOs) in just three rounds with a perfectly timed right hook to the jaw of the scheduled ten round main event of the evening.

The 2008 Olympian took his time breaking down his man, while dominating the action with sharp, crisp punches. Gary showed his class by frustrating Castaneda with speed and precision. He threw lightning fast combinations which scored to the body and head, and ultimately set up the finishing blow that landed in the third and final round. Continue reading