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.