Two Beltway Boxers will be involved in some big nationally televised bouts in the month of March. On Saturday, March 2, undefeated Capitol Heights, MD featherweight "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. returns to the Showtime airwaves when he faces Russian Vyacheslav Gusev at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City. Russell (21-0, 13 KO's) has scored knockouts in his last three contests including a brutal one against Roberto Castaneda on November 9 in Indio, CA. Gusev (20-2, five KO's) won the WBO European Featherweight and the PABA Featherweight titles in his last outing, a 12-round unanimous decision over Padji Youngyuthgym on April 30 in Moscow.
Then on Friday, March 8, Edgewood, MD junior welterweight Emanuel "Tranzforma" Taylor appears in his second straight nationally-televised bout when he battles Victor Cayo of the Dominican Republic at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.
Taylor (16-1, 11 KO's) comes off a solid six-round TKO win over Raymond Serrano on January 25 in Huntington, NY, a bout that was televised on Showtime. Cayo (31-3, 22 KO's) is riding a three-bout winning streak, including a 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Vladimir Baez on December 17 in Santo Domingo. Beltway fans may remember that Cayo challenged Lamont Peterson in an IBF elimination bout in July 2011 and lost by 12th round knockout.