Russell Jr adds power to his arsenal as he flattens Ruiz in round one

27 Nov

Alan Dawson – London

Blessed with poise and filled with swag, Gary Russell Jr kayoed the traditionally durable Heriberto Ruiz in the first round of their featherweight tussle that had been initially scheduled for ten rounds at the U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, November 26. An emerging star at 126lbs, Russell Jr preserved his undefeated status and will have boosted his world-rank with his swift stoppage win.

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Dawson’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Russell Jr
10

Ruiz
8

Judges verdict: N/a.

Primarily known for his technique and his hand-speed, Russel Jr had, before commencement of play this evening, been taken the distance in both of his previous two outings yet he returned to halting his opponents by canvassing Ruiz in a more decisive manner than the 60-fight veteran had ever succumbed to before.

Ruiz’s mistake was trading with Russell Jr. As soon as he did so, he left himself open which was something an intelligent fighter like Russell Jr would only benefit from as he picked his punches and set up the knockout blow by first sending a right hook into the midsection of Ruiz. He then followed up the body shot with a further hook punch, this time to the braincase.

The head-bound shot was enough for Ruiz’s legs to give way and he collapsed on his back. His eyes were open, but glassy. He was conscious, but unawares of whom or where he was. It was a dangerous blow and proof that defensively-savvy Russell Jr can be an even more formidable quantity should he continue to enhance his strength and power.

“My gameplan was to take the early initiative,” said Russell Jr to HBO Sports following the official announcement of his victory. “He landed a good right hand but that’s part of the sport. Hopefully that takes away any question of whether I have a good chin.”

In a concluding statement, Russell Jr – who rose to 19-0-0, 11ko with the win – said: “I want to be exciting, but I feel there’s ways to be exciting without being reckless.”

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One Response to “Russell Jr adds power to his arsenal as he flattens Ruiz in round one”

  1. shieknasty November 27, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    is ruiz ok everyone was kinda tripping at the end of that fight. amazing but scary ko. pryers wit u ruiz

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