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Boxing: Gary Russell Jr. Defends Title, Brothers Also In Action

Gary Russell Jr. scored a seventh round TKO victory over Oscar Escandon this past weekend to remain the WBC featherweight champion.

Russell improved to 28-1 with 17 finishes in his career, handing Escandon (25-3) his third career loss in the process.

“First and foremost, I want to say happy birthday to my father. Secondly, I’d like to tell all the fans that came to support me: I love you all. Thank you,” Russell said. “I fought a tough competitor. I knew Escandon wanted to come and bring his best. I knew he was going to come forward. I was ready for him. We are warriors.

“I want Lomachenko (next), that’s a no-brainer. I don’t want to do it for the fans or for the media, I want to do it for myself. And I want to do it twice. I’ll knock him out the first time and then, he’ll want me to fight him again.”

Also on the card, Andre Dirrell picked up a victory over Jose Uzcategui via disqualification. However, what happened after that overshadowed the contest.

Following the decision, Dirrell’s trainer and uncle Leon Lawson punched Uzcategui in the corner, sparking a brief altercation in the ring that was quelled by MGM National Harbor security and local police.

“I’m sorry for what my coach has done. My coach is my family, my uncle, and he was worried. He cares for me. He loves me. Please forgive him,” Dirrell said. “I’m going to stand up like a man. I didn’t win like I wanted to, but I’ll be back. I’m going to come back as soon as they let me.”

Both Gary Antonio Russell and Gary Antuanne Russell earned victories, while Gervonta Davis defended his IBF junior lightweight title from London as the opening part of the show. He defeated Liam Walsh to improve to 18-0 via third round TKO.