Gary Russell Jr and five Al Haymon-signed 2012 U.S. Olympic boxers will fight on November 9 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, with Showtime televising the "Night of the Olympians" show on ShoBox: The New Generation.
Russell (20-0, 12 KO) will face Russia's Vyacheslav Gusev (20-2, 5 KO) in a 10-round featherweight main event. Thus far as a pro, Gusev's only losses have come to Juan Carlos Burgos and Alisher Rahimov, the former a contender and the latter a decent fighter in his own right. This doesn't mean he's got upset potential here, since Russell has more talent than either of those guys, but it's certainly not the worst fight, and keeps Russell busy at any rate.
The Olympians debuting on the show are Rau'Shee Warren, Dominic Breazeale, Marcus Browne, Errol Spence Jr, and Terrell Gausha. Here are quick PR bios for each of them!
A former quarterback for the University of Northern Colorado, 27-year-old Dominic Breazeale only began boxing three and a half years ago, but the 6-foot-6 heavyweight made an immediate impact, winning a U.S. national championship and earning a spot on the 2012 Olympic team. Opting to stay with the sweet science instead of returning to football, Breazeale has the raw talent and determination to give the United States a serious heavyweight threat in the coming years.
Three-time New York Golden Gloves, 2012 national and 2010 PAL champion Marcus Browne is a versatile light heavyweight southpaw who learned his craft in Staten Island, New York under the tutelage of Gary Stark Sr. and Teddy Atlas. Able to box or bang, the affable 21-year-old has the skill and charisma to make plenty of noise in the 175-pound division.
Cleveland's Terrell Gausha was a two-time U.S. national champion before earning his spot on Team U.S.A. at the London Games. Gausha defeated Armenia's Andranik Hakobyan by referee stoppage in his first Olympic fight. Now taking his talents to the professional game, the 24-year-old middleweight is seen as one of the most promising young fighters to emerge from the 2012 games.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, 22-year-old Errol Spence began boxing at the age of 15, and he won three consecutive U.S. amateur championships before securing a spot in the London Olympics, where he won fights over boxers from Brazil and India before a quarterfinal loss to Russia's entrant knocked him out of medal contention. Disappointed, but not discouraged, Spence is eager to begin his professional journey in the junior middleweight division on November 9.
The first American boxer to make three Olympic teams, Rau'shee Warren now looks to follow in the footsteps of fellow Cincinnati fighters such as Ezzard Charles, Aaron Pryor and Adrien Broner by earning a professional world championship belt. A 2007 world amateur champion, the 25-year-old Warren won his first fight at the age of eight and he hasn't looked back, competing in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Now he's ready to take the next step in his career as a professional bantamweight and make the great boxing city of Cincinnati proud.