Gary Russell Jr did roughly what was expected, though perhaps quicker than anticipated, as he annihilated Patrick Hyland tonight in the Showtime Championship Boxing main event, retaining his WBC featherweight title with a second round TKO victory.
Russell (27-1, 16 KO) showed his massive speed and skill advantage in the first round, peppering the overmatched Hyland (31-2, 15 KO) with some clean shots. The second round was an absolute wipeout, as Russell landed a vicious right hook that put Hyland down. Once the fight resumed, Hyland went down again almost immediately. That was repeated for a third time, and referee Danny Schiavone put an end to what was, quite frankly, a farcical world title fight.
What you can say about Russell is he did what he should have in this type of matchup. Hyland was really no match for him, and he made that clear, ending the fight in short order. When asked after the fight what he'd like to do next, Russell again said he wants to unify with other titleholders, and made it clear once again that he wants to face Vasyl Lomachenko in a rematch.
"We would love to get the fight against Lee Selby and unify. We would also love to face Leo Santa Cruz," he said. "But please, if you are watching this fight, Lomachenko, you've got to see me. It's going down. It doesn't matter what weight he fights. I don't care if he moves up to 147 pounds. I will follow him to whatever weight he's at to get that fight."