The Saturday, March 2 bout for undefeated Capitol Heights, MD featherweight "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. has been moved from the Apollo in Harlem, NY to the Hard Rock Cafe and Casino, The Joint in Las Vegas, NV. Russell (21-0, 13 KO's) will battle Vyacheslav Gusev of Prokopyevsk, Russia in a 10-round contest that will be the co-feature on the Showtime telecast that will begin at 10 PM ET that evening.
Another Beltway Boxer will be on the card. Undefeated Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. will take on Kevin "Hitman" Engel of St. Louis, MO in an eight-round contest on the non-televised undercard. Williams (12-0, nine KO's) scored a third-round TKO over Jason Smith in his last outing on January 12 in Sunrise, FL. Williams has knocked out his last five opponents. Engel (20-7, 16 KO's) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Frankie Filippone on February 8 in Wilmington, DE.