Seventeen-year old Gary Russell Jr. of Capital Heights, MD won a bronze medal in the Bantamweight division at the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Mianyang City, China.
Russell lost his semifinal match to Rustamhodza Rahimov of Germany by a 28-17 decision. Russell was one of two Americans to medal at the world championships. The other was 2004 Olympian Rau'shee Warren, who also won a bronze medal.
In a statement on USAboxing.org, USA Boxing National Director of Coaching Dan Campbell was ecstatic about Russell's performance.
"I am especially pleased that 17-year-old Gary Russell exploded onto the international scene by capturing bronze at his first international tournament," Campbell said.
Russell is ranked number one in the country at Bantamweight and is the youngest member of USA Boxing's Elite team.
As I've said in previous posts, I've watched this young man for a long time. If Russell does decide to turn pro, he will set the Beltway on its ear. He is THAT good!