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Gary Russell Jr discusses his career and future on Last Stand Podcast

Russell says he’s not content fighting only once per year but top fighters continue to avoid him.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

During the latest edition of Brian Custer’s Last Stand Podcast, featherweight titleholder Gary Russell Jr. makes an appearance, talking about his career, where he wants to go from here, and still wanting a fight against Gervonta Davis. Check out some excerpts below with the full video interview above.

Russell on why he has only fought once per year for the past six years:

“I’ve been calling out everybody who’s supposed to be somebody. I think the reason you only see me competing once a year is because a lot of these fighters, a lot of these promoters and managers don’t feel as though it’s in their best interest to put their fighter, or these fighters best interest to get in the ring with me.”

On if he’s content fighting only once a year:

“I’m not at all satisfied fighting once a year, I would love to be able to compete and display my skills and my abilities to my fans, to the people who generally love the work and the effort that I put in. I just play the cards that are dealt.”

On if he’s done campaigning at 126lbs:

“I’m willing to fluctuate from 126 to 130 to 135, and if anybody got anything slick to say out their mouth in any other weight class I’m willing to meet them half way too.”

On wanting a fight against Gervonta Davis:

“You’ll fight a (Yuriorkis) Gamboa, but you won’t fight a Mr. Gary Russell Jr. You sound like you making excuses. We would sellout anywhere, DC, Maryland, Virginia. You pick the arena and everybody and their mother and grandmother will be there to witness me spank that ass. You know it and Floyd (Mayweather) knows it!”

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