Jhonny Gonzalez defends his WBC World featherweight title against Gary Russell Jr. on Saturday, March 28 at the The Pearl At Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
The fight will be broadcast live on Showtime Championship Boxing at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Odds of Winning
Gary Russell Jr. enters the bout a slight favorite to win. But with the odds being posted by online sportbooks (see below), it’s a real pick-em.
Russell, 26 years old, brings speed, youth, and athleticism to the table; but the up-and-comer has yet to prove himself against top-level opposition. Jhonny’s power, experience, and resilience will make him one of Russell’s toughest tests yet.
Hard-hitting Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) is coming off five consecutive wins since being upset by Daniel Ponce De Leon in 2012. The 33-year-old was last in action stopping veteran Jorge Arce. Prior to the Arce bout, Gonzalez had dispatched undefeated warrior Clive Atwell and poleaxed world champion Abner Mares to walk away with the WBC World featherweight belt that will be on the line March 28.
Southpaw Russell (25-1, with 14 KOs) enters the ring having outpointed Christopher Martin in December of last year. Previous to that bout, Russell had suffered his first career-defeat at the hands of featherweight phenom Vasyl Lomachenko.
Let’s take a look at the numbers:
betway: Gary Russell Jr. -162 Jhonny Gonzalez +125
Paddy Power: Gary Russell Jr. -187 Jhonny Gonzalez +150
bet365: Gary Russell Jr. -175 Jhonny Gonzalez +137
In the co-feature, Jermell Charlo faces U.S. Olympian Vanes Martirosyan. The main event will be followed by a rebroadcast of the Kell Brook and Jo Jo Dan fight.
Tickets for the live event are priced at $200, $100, $75, $50, and $25 at www.ticketmaster.com.