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Gary Russell Jr not interested in signing with 50 Cent

Gary Russell Jr says that 50 Cent has made an offer for him to jump to SMS Promotions, but the featherweight prospect isn't interested.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

50 Cent's boxing entrepreneurial mogul dynasty legacy hasn't started off great, really, and now he's failed to lure featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr, according to The RING. You might say Russell has rejected 50 about as hard as Erin Andrews did.

"Over the last few days, we've been getting a number of phone calls from 50 Cent. ... They want us to sign with their camp. I don't have anything against his team, but we are not interested. I have a manager, Al Haymon, and he is the only person I'm signed with."

Along with being signed with Haymon, Russell has a firm working relationship with Golden Boy, as Haymon fighters generally will.

Russell (22-0, 13 KO) is steadily moving toward an eventual title shot -- steadily, but slowly. He's been consistent in saying he's not concerned with any criticism of the way his career has been managed thus far, but fans have largely grown impatient watching him thoroughly outclass mid-level or worse opponents. But he's happy with it, and he's sticking with the program.

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