Gary Russell, Jr. Is A Proven Champion Striving Towards Greatness

By Kevin Wilson
Updated: October 19, 2007
MARYLAND – The night before Gary Russell, Jr.’s first bout at the Olympic Box Off in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, he couldn’t wait to enter the ring.
The No. 1 amateur bantamweight champion from Capital Heights, Maryland was anxious to prove a point. The seven day boxing experience he encountered was like no other.
In the opener, a four round bout with Roberto Marroquin of Dallas, Texas, Russell still believes he won. Going into the second round, he led 8-2, but Marroquin held on to a one point lead in the fourth and final round, winning 18-17.
“I floored him and I clearly dominated the fight, but it was a lot more I could’ve done to assure me the victory,” Russell admitted. He tossed and turned, only sleeping an hour and a half every night. The loss ignited Gary to avoid two things: fighting conservatively and the computer scoring.
Having loss for the first time since the age of 16, Gary felt awkward competing in the loser’s bracket. However, the initial goal, was to hurt every foe in front of him, until he saw Marroquin, again.
The miraculous comeback started with David Clark, who lost 25-7. “Fighting David, my mind was on Roberto,” Russell confessed. Boxing fans are still wondering why Sammy Di Pace, of New Mexico never showed up to fight Russell on Wednesday, which gave Russell a walkover victory.
The hitmaker then stopped Sergio Perales of Los Frenso ,Texas on Thursday in the second round with 1:36 to go, calling Perales, a tough fighter.
Making weight and drug testing became annoying to Gary. In order to successfully urine at random, he had to drink fluids, and lose weight, simultaneously. Staying focused, he beat Ronny Rios of Santa Ana, California, 22-19 on Friday, August 24. to advance to the finals.
The two victories against Marroquin placed Russell in an elite group of boxers, who came from behind to make the Olympic team: Roy Jones, Jr., Floyd “Pretty Boy” Mayweather, and Evander Holyfield.
In the second bout, against Marroquin, at the sound of the bell in the first round, Russell dropped Marroquin to the canvas with a left hook, leading 9-2. Every punch Gary threw possess thundering power, hurting the kid from Dallas.
Both fighters tallied four points in round two, but Russell held on to the seven point lead for the win, 25-13. Uncharacteristic of any boxer, Gary boldly walked over to Marroquin’s corner after the fight, and told Roberto, “I told you that I was coming.”

//<![CDATA[ nu003cdiv> u003c/div>nu003cdiv>u003cbr>On August 26, the 2006 National Champion Gold Medalist, reminded nMarroquin’s coaches again, to tell his father that he’s coming after his nson.   “You’ve got to be motivated and have the extra drive within, nand that’s what sent me to his corner,” Russell explained.    In na 18-14 win over Marroquin, Russell became the only boxer out of the nchallenger’s bracket making the Olympic team.   Marroquin would not ntalk to B.A.S.N., days after the elimination.u003c/div>nu003cdiv> u003c/div>nu003cdiv>u003cbr>Personal trainer, Floyd Seymour of Clinton, Maryland has known Gary nRussell, Sr. for a long time.   ” Gary, Sr. was impressed when my kids nspared his sons at my gym, and he asked me to condition Gary,” Seymour nrecalls.     Seymour’s morning regimen, had Gary running 500 nsteps, 1000 push-ups and set-ups per day, before he spared in the nevenings.  ” The morning sessions were extremely helpful,” said the ntrendsetter.   “No one sees the brutal workout that makes him great,” nsays the former Olympian, a Bahamas native.u003c/div>nu003cdiv> u003c/div>nu003cdiv>The ring in the Olympic Box Off was provided by Roberto Marroquin’s nfather.  His son sat quietly, with a silver medal around his neck, waiting nfor his father to break down the ring and go home.   “The victory in nHouston was well deserved.  Actually, I thought my son won the first nfight.  It’s all about belief and having fun,”  said Gary, nSr..     Enjoying the plane ride home with his best friend, nLuis Yanez, 106 pound champion from Duncanville, Texas, Gary humbly accomplished nanother mission. u003c/div>nu003cdiv> u003c/div>nu003cdiv>u003cbr> A hometown press conference was held as Lawan Russell, the nmother, proudly stood up and gave God all the credit, for her sons nsuccess.   A national spokesperson for YMCA, Gary was invited to nCongressman Albert Wynn’s birthday bash on September 8.   “I was npleased that Gary Russell, Jr. was invited.  There is always so much nnegative coverage about our young people in the media, so I think that it’s very nimportant to also commend them for their positive contributions to nsociety.   Winning a gold medal would definitely be very exciting for neveryone,” the lawmaker stated.”,1] ); //–> //]]>

On August 26, the 2006 National Champion Gold Medalist, reminded Marroquin’s coaches again, to tell his father that he’s coming after his son. “You’ve got to be motivated and have the extra drive within, and that’s what sent me to his corner,” Russell explained.
In a 18-14 win over Marroquin, Russell became the only boxer out of the challenger’s bracket making the Olympic team. Marroquin would not talk to BASN, days after the elimination.
Personal trainer, Floyd Seymour of Clinton, Maryland has known Gary Russell, Sr. for a long time. “Gary, Sr. was impressed when my kids spared his sons at my gym, and he asked me to condition Gary,” Seymour recalls.
Seymour’s morning regimen, had Gary running 500 steps, 1000 push-ups and set-ups per day, before he spared in the evenings.”The morning sessions were extremely helpful,” said the trendsetter. “No one sees the brutal workout that makes him great,” says the former Olympian, a Bahamas native.
The ring in the Olympic Box Off was provided by Marroquin’s father. His son sat quietly, with a silver medal around his neck, waiting for his father to break down the ring and go home.
“The victory in Houston was well deserved. Actually, I thought my son won the first fight. It’s all about belief and having fun,” said Gary, Sr..Enjoying the plane ride home with his best friend, Luis Yanez, the 106-pound champion from Duncanville, Texas, Gary humbly accomplished another mission.
A hometown press conference was held as Lawan Russell, the mother, proudly stood up and gave God all the credit, for her sons success. A national spokesperson for YMCA, Gary was invited to Congressman Albert Wynn’s birthday bash on September 8.
“I was pleased that Gary Russell, Jr. was invited. There is always so much negative coverage about our young people in the media, so I think that it’s very important to also commend them for their positive contributions to society. Winning a gold medal would definitely be very exciting for everyone,” the lawmaker stated.

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Before reporting to Colorado Springs, Colorado for training, Gary vacated to Florida, challenged his father in bowling, and helped a comrade, Shawn Bradley acquire his G.E.D.
Gary’s supporters were competitive online, as he defeated Tyson Gay, Mike Mussina, Brandon Carker, and Carmelo Anthony, with 3356 votes, being named “Baller of the Week” on Rick “Doc” Walker’s website. “I voted for him,” says sportswriter Gary “Digital” Williams.
For the past couple of weeks, the 2008 Olympic team, have been training for the A. I. B. A. World Boxing Championships, to be held on October 23 throughNovember 3 at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion.
Gary was happy to see his father, who trained him for a week. Russell won a bronze medal in 2006. He hopes to have a rematch with the German fighter, who beat him. Thus far, Gary has knocked out Rau’shee Warren, 112 pounder of Cincinnati, Ohio, twice, while sparring.
The future real estate guru, who loves sesame chicken, fried rice and broccoli, says, “everyone in life has a God-given destiny. It was up to me to come through. God will take you but so far, and you have to be willing to take that extra step.”
The last amateur entry into the ring on American soil for Russell will be equally as entertaining as his unforgettable performances in Houston.