On Saturday night, WBC featherweight champion “Mr.” Gary Russell Jr. (27-1, 16 KOs) of Capitol Heights, Md. makes his long-awaited home debut when he takes Colombia’s Oscar Escandon (25-2, 17 KOs) at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md.
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The bout caps the night of a split-site four fight broadcast on Showtime Championship Boxing. First up, IBF junior lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (17-0, 16 KOs) of Baltimore, Md. travels across the pond into hostile territory to risk his undefeated record against fellow unbeaten Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KOs) at the Copper Box Arena in London. Once that bout is complete, the televised bouts from the MGM National Harbor will commence.
The first televised fight in Maryland will be a 12-round junior welterweight title eliminator between Cuba’s Rances Barthelemy (25-0, 13 KOs), who will be moving up from lightweight, and Kiryl Relikh (21-1, 19 KOs) of Belarus. The co-feature bout is a 12-rounder for the interim IBF super middleweight title between Andre Dirrell (25-2, 16 KOs) of Flint, Mich. and Venezuelan Jose Uzcategui (26-1, 22 KOs).
Russell, 28, entered the professional ranks in 2009 with high expectations, having won numerous …
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