Russell (22-0, 13 KO's) hurt his hand in the 10-round unanimous decision win over Vyacheslav Gusev on March 2 in Las Vegas, NV. Russell knocked Gusev down in the third round and then fractured his hand in either the fourth or fifth round. Russell still earned a shutout (100-89) on all three judge's cards.
Russell says he has been doing more strength and conditioning training in recent weeks but says he has back to full strength now.
The 2008 US Olympian also kept busy by joining his father, Gary, Sr. in the corner of his brother Antonio who recently won a National Golden Gloves title in Salt Lake City, UT. Antonio also captured the Outstanding Boxer trophy during the tournament. As BATB previously reported, Antonio is the third member of his family to win a National Golden Gloves title.
Russell is now focused on his next outing, which is slated to be on Saturday, July 13 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. This will be the co-feature to the bout featuring Bernard Hopkins against Karo Murat. Russell does not have an opponent, but Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who is promoting the card, tells ESPN.com's Dan Rafael that he would like to match Russell against former WBO Featherweight champ Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico. Gonzalez (54-8, 46 KO's) would bring a lot of experience to the bout as he has faced a who's who of current and former champions and contenders. Gonzalez's record includes victories over former world champions Mark Johnson, Fernando Montiel and Ratanachi Sor Vorapin. The 31-year-old Gonzalez has also competed against the likes of former champs Gerry Penalosa, Israel Vasquez and current contender Daniel Ponce De Leon.
The two men are ranked among the world's best. Russell is ranked number two by the WBO, three by the WBA and fifth by the WBC. Gonzalez is ranked ahead of Russell in the WBC at number two.