Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Gary Russell Jr. Says No Thanks To 50 Cent-Led Promotional Company!

Undefeated Capitol Heights, MD featherweight "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. says he recently received an offer to sign with SMS Promotions, the company led by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.  The Russell camp, however, has said thanks but no thanks.

“Over the last few days, we’ve been getting a number of phone calls from 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions. They want us to sign with their camp. I don’t have anything against his team; but we are not interested…I’m not interested,” Russell said in a press release. “Like I’ve said before Team Russell is not signed to any promotions team. I have a manager, Al Haymon, and he is the only person I’m signed with.”

 “Growing up with all brothers, our father taught us a long time ago that loyalty is important,"Russell continued. "I feel the same way about my relationship with Al. We consider him a part of our boxing family. Al has been a big part of my career and things are going smooth."

"Our working relationship with Golden Boy Promotions has also been great,” Russell said. "We would not sign with any promotional team without having a conversation with Al. We have watched folks commit what we feel is boxing suicide by going against the grain. We like the way I’m being moved along, and the dates, venues, and television time I have received have all been positive for my career. So while my team appreciates the offer, we chose to decline the proposal from SMS.”

Recently, Russell (22-0, 13 KO's) told BATB that he suffered a hairline fracture of his left hand in his 10-round unanimous decision victory over Vyacheslav Gusev on March 2 in Las Vegas, NV.  Doctors have told Russell that he will be out of action 6-8 weeks.

17 comments:

Wayne Hopkins said...

According to Curtis Jackson, there is no truth to this story what-so-ever. Regardless of the circumstances: why would Mr. Russell tell about this offer so freely? I question his motive, for if true, Curtis Jackson was trying to help the young professional boxer. Why make the so called 50 cents look like a corrupt promoter? Has boxing became an evil cut-throat business? I've heard numerous times of the crooked promoters, but now the boxers themselves cannot be trusted. Wayne Hopkins

Rob said...

And now I see why GB doesn't push Russel jr the way they push Broner. I used to see those two fight on cards together, then Broner just took off like a bat outta hell and Rusell jr stayed on contender status. Now that he says he's not signed to any promo company, I see why. GB has no incentive to make him a star since he's not signed to them...I thought he was with them but you learn something new every day

Anonymous said...

If a fighter really wants to make it, he must sign with a top promoter. "Top Rank" or "Golden Boy" Broner is a house-hold name because of GBP. Not to mention, he ducks nobody!

Brian said...

What could 35 cents do for Russell that can't be done by Gary R and his team? Nothing not a thing, that new promoter thinks people will be in awe and just foolishly sign with him, good for you team Russell for spurning the advances.

Anonymous said...

Loyalty is everything and more than half these dmv coaches andd boxers aint loyal shoutout to his loyalty

Anonymous said...

This is some funny stuff. The Russell camp is very unprofessional. Not good business. Fight somebody please! Stop ducking people and keep your mouth shut.

Anonymous said...

First if he's got Al on his team he's gonna b alright and he will get the right fights just keep doing what ur doing lil g DC folks always wants DCCa folks to fall off ie when Lamont beat. Kendall he got 6 positve comments when the positive test came he go 600 negative comments its no need to rush ur self ull get that belt in due time

Anonymous said...

due time, joker 29 years old. wtf

Anonymous said...

Smart move, MAINLY because 50 would eventually schedule a REAL opponent for GR, UNLIKE this $hit Haymon's doing.

Anonymous said...

50 Cent has a ton of money to back him... He is an idiot for not doing at least a one year contract to get better exposure.

Anonymous said...

R u on crack the kid isn't even 25, where u get 29 from he is going to have to fight but y is we always ready for our fighters to hurry up and fight a big name obvious yal have never been pros cause at the nd of the day it's about winning so u can get that big money go lil g

Anonymous said...

none of us no any of their real ages. same shit for years.

Anonymous said...

U may b right but him and daughter was in 3rd grade to 8th so I no he ain't 28/29

Anonymous said...

Wow it seems as if a dc fighter has to fight someone according to this site, just to inform u guys boxing is a business dont hate on Gary Russell, he is undefeated and getting ready to win a title same goes for Peterson dont u wish for these guys to be successful? Maybe it is because u guys cant fight and will never be anything in life but losers.

JEFFREY EDWARDS said...

keep doing what you are doing it's a season for everything.

Anonymous said...

never open whine before its time. let these guys enjoy boxing. why push gary to fight someone if he aint ready. they are being very smart. why ruin hes undefeated record if they dont have to. stick by your man. let him get on the same level as this other guys before asking him to step in ring with them. lil g will be champ one day-dont rush it.

Anonymous said...

That's what I'm saying half these guys didn't even no who Gamboa was until 15/20 fights but wasn't asking him to step up if u want a fighter to at 10-0 to fight somebody or even 22-0 then put ur money behind him get him the fights u want and then u can have ur say cause anybody who has laced on some gloves no 2 things they want the wins and the money and lil g and Lamont and ant and whatever DC fighters keep winning against all and get that money Mechanic