Friday, October 20, 2017  |


Gary Russell Jr. to face Oscar Escandon on May 20 on Showtime

Photo by: Naoki Fukuda

Gary Russell Jr. finally has a date.

After his bout with mandatory challenger Oscar Escandon was postponed due to injury, Russell and Escandon are now scheduled to face off on May 20 at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on Showtime, a source confirmed to on Wednesday.

The Showtime telecast is expected to be a double-header with Russell defending his WBC featherweight title in the main event and Andre Dirrell and Jose Uzcategui clashing for a vacant interim IBF super middleweight title in the co-feature. Showtime also plans to show Gervonta Davis’ junior lightweight title defense against Liam Walsh from London earlier in the day and it’s possible the fight could be included as a Showtime tripleheader, though things remain fluid and plans are still being finalized.

Two-belt junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford is fighting on HBO, also on May 20 against Felix Diaz from Madison Square Garden and Showtime officials are trying to determine the best timing of their telecast. Maryland’s Russell (27-1, 16 knockouts) was initially set to take on Escandon on March 11 but that date was pulled after Escandon (25-2, 17 KOs) hurt his back in training. Dirrell (25-2, 16 KOs) and Uzcategui (26-1, 22 KOs) are vying for an interim title because IBF champion James DeGale is still recuperating from injuries sustained in his draw with Badou Jack in January and is unable to make a mandatory defense for the moment.


  • Larry Connor

    Damn I hate the fights will be on the same night, but I will watch Showtime first since they have been giving me good boxing all year so far. HBO has been sorely lacking in their schedule pace.

    • Rick

      I’m sure Al really appreciates it too.

      • Larry Connor

        That’s a plus.

    • wrecksracer

      I think the Crawford fight will be better…..I guess it depends on the undercard.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    Guaranteed snoozefest followed by quick excecution. I’ll pass. However unsatisfying the Crawford-Diaz match up might be (relative to what might have been) it’s far more inresting than this SHOWTIME dud.

    Anyone looking forward to Degale-Dirrell 2. EEEWH!

    • ceylon mooney

      i like the crawford match. diaz has been fighting at 147, where hes noticeably small, and doing pretty well.

      id rather see someone put
      diaz in a hi profile fight he can win, have no idea what kind of fight itll make but diaz is solid and underappreciated.

      i saw him beat the stuffing out of sammy vasquez in birmingham and it was

      • Ten Count Toronto

        Roght. Escandon is a Banthamweight and an exceedingly pedestrian one at that. Diaz at least belongs in the fight with Crawford, and has excellent athleticism and pedigree. Doesn’t translate into much better chance of actually winning, but it’s not totally without challenge for the favorite as is the case on the Showtimes card.

        • ceylon mooney

          gary russell jr…oh well

    • Larry Connor

      Actually none of these fights scheduled for that night will blow the doors off of anything, HBO nor Showtime. Now you can pretend one is better based off personal preference. No casual fan will be circling the calendar for this night

  • Michel Desgrottes

    Bad decision to air it same day as bud fight

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  • RayK

    I remember seeing a clip of this guys quick hands a few years ago but since then it’s been all meh..

  • RayK

    I remember seeing a clip of this guys quick hands a few years ago but since then it’s been all meh..

  • Mauro Hermida

    28 fights and Russell has fought two guys of note. Disappointed. I understand its a manadatory, but all Russell does is call people out and that’s it. Nothing gets done. Plenty of top guys that I think would be more than happy to fight him.