Russell-Gusev, Abril-Bogere in Las Vegas, March 2


Undefeated featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. will pursue his fourth straight knockout when he meets Russian standout Vyacheslav Gusev on the Showtime-televised March 2 undercard of a main event featuring unbeaten lightweight contender Sharif “The Lion” Bogere and Richard Abril in a clash for the WBA’s vacant belt from the Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer confirmed the double-header.

A 24-year-old resident of Captiol Heights, Md., Russell Jr. is 21-0 with 13 knockouts, and Gusev, 20-2 with five stoppage victories.

Bogere is 23-0, with 15 knockouts, and Abril, 17-3-1 with eight stoppage wins. Bogere suffered a partial tear of his left Achilles tendon that forced him out of November’s scheduled bout against Abril.

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