Undefeated Capitol Heights, MD featherweight "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. has an interesting decision to make. A number of sources tell BATB that Russell (24-0, 14 KO's) is slated to challenge WBC champion Jhonny Gonzalez for the WBC title on Saturday, April 19 at the DC Armory.
However, the circumstances that took place this past weekend in San Antonio, TX may change everything. The now-former WBO Featherweight titlist Orlando Salido lost his title on the scales but went on to win a 12-round split decision over Vasyl Lomanchenko. This means the WBO title is now vacant.
Today, the WBO formally announced that Russell is the number one contender and is line to battle for that title. No word yet on whom his opponent might be.