According to numerous reports, Capitol Heights, MD featherweight "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. will get his second opportunity at a world championship when he faces WBC titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico on Saturday, March 28 at a venue to be named.
In his first chance at a world title, Russell (25-1, 14 KO's) lost a 12-round majority decision to Vasyl Lomachenko for the vacant WBO title on June 21 in Carson, CA. Since the loss, Russell has fought once, defeating Christopher Martin by 10-round unanimous decision on December 20 in Shelton, WA.
Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KO's) is on his second tour as WBC champion and is coming off a 11th-round TKO of former world champion Jorge Arce on October 4 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.
The bout will be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing.