Name: Lamar Russ
Record: 14-0 (7 KOs)
Resides: Wilmington, NC
Last Fight: 9/16/13 W UD 8 Latif Mundy
Lamar Russ, a six-time North Carolina State champion as an amateur, who was
ranked fifth in the nation, turned pro in 2009 and proceeded to win five straight
bouts all by third-round knockout.
In his pro debut, Russ impressively blasted out Frank Armstrong, on October 10,
2009, at the Coliseum Complex Events Center, Greensboro, NC. Ripping Armstrong
with left hooks upstairs and down, mixed with chopping overhand rights, Russ
floored his foe face first in round three with a digging left hook to the midsection.
The bout was immediately waved off for the TKO.
Following another four third-round knockout victories in 2010, Russ finished the
year twice going the six-round distance, in November and in December, scoring an
upset over former Haitian Olympian Elie Augustama.
Despite having made the decision to turn pro, Russ continued to woårk on his
education, studying at Fayetteville State University, in North Carolina. Earning a
degree in Business Administration in 2011, Russ had only one fight that year. On
July 9, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood, FL, Russ faced
the much more experienced former Florida State middleweight champion Marcus
Upshaw. Dropping Upshaw in round one, Russ found himself hit the deck in the
second, but was able to rise and dominate the rest of the contest, winning a
Following another six-round unanimous decision victory in February 2012, Russ
scored his most impressive victory to date, on April 14, 2012, stepping up to face
13-0 prospect Jose Alonzo, at Cicero Stadium, in Cicero, IL. With Russ pressuring
from the outset, Alonzo was worn down and knocked out in round four.
On October 12, 2012, in a bout televised by SHOWTIME’s ShoBox series, Russ
dramatically knocked out the 12-0 Jonathan Cepeda in just 105 seconds, at the
Ameristar Casino, in Saint Charles, MO. Cepeda was unable to recover from a
devastating blow and properly respond to referee Mike England’s request to look at
and walk to him.
In 2013, Russ has won three bouts, all by unanimous eight-round decision. On
January 23 and May 15, Russ participated on DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway
Boxing series, at BB King Blues Club, in New York City, defeating Jose Medina and
Russell Jordan respectively.
Russ put in a workman-like performance in winning an eight-round unanimous
decision over Medina, a durable veteran. Using his super boxing ability to control
the action, Russ scored the more telling blows round after round. Medina hung
tough and was able to land some nice shots of his own, but ultimately Russ was
just too skilled, winning by scores of 78-74 twice, and 77-5.
Hhe rocked Jordan and had him staggering all over the ring, but Jordan was able to survive and make it out of the
round. The fight featured a give-and-take battle over the middle rounds, with
Jordan able to land some hard counters while Russ pressed the action.
Russ began to take over in the sixth round, as he landed hard shots with both
hands. Jordan showed an iron chin though and stayed on his feet, even smiling at
Russ between exchanges. In the eighth and final round, Russ stormed off his stool,
opening up with heavy shots, looking to close the show in impressive
fashion. Despite being battered from pillar to post, Jordan somehow made it to the
final bell. After eight rounds, scorecards read 79-73 twice, and 78-74, all for Russ,
via unanimous decision.
While awaiting his next opportunity, Russ gained experience sparring with
middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, preparing him to face Matthew Macklin
on June 29.
On September 16, at Resorts World Casino, in Jamaica, Queens, Russ defeated
Philadelphia’s extremely tough and even more awkward Latif Mundy. Mundy spent
most early rounds dancing and clowning around as Russ easily outworked his
shorter opponent. The action picked up in the middle rounds, as Mundy stopped
moving as much and began exchanging. Russ showed good poise though, keeping
his distance and scoring from the outside. To his credit, Mundy was game and had
some success, but Russ was the busier of the two, winning by scores of 79-73
twice, and 77-75.
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