Undefeated Capitol Heights, MD featherweight "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. has been named the number one challenger for the WBO Featherweight title and is expected to battle for the belt sometime in the next 180 days.
Russell (23-0, 13 KO's) was only recently informed of this development. “On October 9th, my team received written confirmation from the WBO that I am the mandatory challenger for their featherweight world title,” Russell said in a press release. “I’m ready for my first world title fight and cannot wait for the fight to get made.”
Russell has fought twice in 2013, winning 10-round unanimous decisions over Juan Ruiz and Vyacheslav Gusev. Russell has been the number two challenger since March. Orlando Salido won the vacant WBO Featherweight championship with a seventh-round TKO over Orlando Cruz on October 12 in Las Vegas.