Undefeated southpaw featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr., of Capitol Heights, Md., will return to the ring against Russian Vyacheslav Gusev on Nov. 9 on Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation at Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, Calif,
Russell Jr. (20-0, 12 knockouts) will headline against Gusev (20-2, 5 KOs), owner of a four-bout winning streak, as part of “The Night Of The Olympians,” which Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer informed RingTV.com in an earlier interview will feature the pro debuts of “five or six” standout boxers from the 2012 Olympic Games.
The Olympians to appear are Dominic Breazeale, Marcus Browne, Terrell Gausha, Errol Spencer and Rau’shee Warren, according to a joint announcement by Golden Boy and Showtime on Friday.
A former member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, Russell Jr., 24, was last at Fantasy Springs for his last fight in June, when he scored a third-round stoppage of Chris Perez of Mexico.
Russell will be in search of his third straight stoppage victory against Gusev, 26, who rose from the canvas to score a decision over Padjai Yongyuthgym in his last fight in April.
“The ShoBox series has introduced our audience to the new generation of world champions throughout its 10-year history,”said Gordon Hall, executive producer ShoBox and vice president of production, Showtime Sports.
“We are proud to showcase these young fighters as they begin their journey from prospects to contender.With an Olympian turned prospect and now moving toward contender status in Gary Russell, Jr. These Olympians need look no further than the main event to see the path that they must take.”
Below is a brief bio of each of the Olympians making their professional debuts.
Dominic Breazeale: A former quarterback for the University of Northern Colorado, Breazeale, 27, began boxing three and a half years ago. But the 6-foot-6 heavyweight made an immediate impact, winning a U.S. national championship and earning a spot on the 2012 Olympic team.
Marcos Browne: A three-time New York Golden Gloves, 2012 national and 2010 PAL champion, Browne is a versatile southpaw light heavyweight. Browne, 21, was groomed in Staten Island, N.Y., under the tutelage of Gary Stark Sr. and Teddy Atlas.
Terrell Gausha: The Cleveland resident is a two-time U.S. national champion who earned a spot on Team U.S.A. at the London Games. A 24-year-old middleweight, Gausha defeated Armenia’s Andranik Hakobyan by referee stoppage in his first Olympic fight.
Errol Spence: Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Spence, 22, began boxing at the age of 15. The junior middleweight won three consecutive U.S. amateur championships before securing a spot in the London Olympics, where he won fights over boxers from Brazil and India before a quarterfinal loss to Russia’s entrant knocked him out of medal contention.
Rau’shee Warren: The first American boxer to make three Olympic teams, Warren, 25, now looks to follow in the footsteps of fellow Cincinnati fighters such as Ezzard Charles, Aaron Pryor and Adrien Broner.
A 2007 world amateur champion, Warren won his first fight at the age of eight, has competed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and will debut as a bantamweight.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT, with first bout to begin at 5:30 p.m. PT. The telecast will begin at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, being delayed on the West Coast.
Photo by Naoki Fukuda
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