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The last of the fighting Russell brothers, Gary Antuanne Russell enjoyed an incredible amateur career and is now on a similar path as a pro. The fast-handed, ultra-powerful southpaw is on pace to become a world champion in the 140-pound weight division. Read Bio
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Puerto Rico's Lopez becomes a two-time IBF World Bantamweight World Champion, scoring three knockdowns on the gritty Lopez to win a wide decision in a PBC main event Saturday night on SHOWTIME.
The undefeated super lightweight contender provides an update on his career, the state of the 140-pound division and more.
Interviews with the unbeaten 140-pounder Russell, potential Trainer of the Year Santos, plus a look back at last weekend's action and more.
Gary Antuanne Russell Fights
Win vs Kent Cruz 16-0-3
Aug 12, 2023 • MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Kent Cruz by KO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Rances Barthelemy 30-2-1
Jul 30, 2022 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Rances Barthelemy by TKO in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Viktor Postol 31-5-0
Feb 26, 2022 • The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Viktor Postol by TKO in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Jovanie Santiago 14-2-1
May 29, 2021 • Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Jovanie Santiago by KO in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Jose Marrufo 12-9-2
Feb 08, 2020 • PPL Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Jose Marrufo by KO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Juan Huertas 14-2-1
Nov 02, 2019 • MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Juan Huertas by TKO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Luis Ronaldo Castillo 20-4-0
Sep 21, 2019 • Rabobank Theater, Bakersfield, California, USA
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Luis Ronaldo Castillo by KO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Larry Ventus 9-13-1
Jul 13, 2019 • Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Larry Ventus by TKO in Round 3 of 8
Win vs Marcos Mojica 16-3-2
May 18, 2019 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Marcos Mojica by KO in Round 4 of 8
Win vs Roberto Almazan 8-8-0
Jan 26, 2019 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Roberto Almazan by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Jose Arturo Esquivel 10-7-0
Aug 04, 2018 • Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, USA
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Jose Arturo Esquivel by TKO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Wilmer Rodriguez 9-2-0
May 19, 2018 • MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Wilmer Rodriguez by KO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Andrew Rodgers 4-2-1
Apr 21, 2018 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Andrew Rodgers by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Keasen Freeman 4-0-0
Mar 03, 2018 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Keasen Freeman by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Larry Yanez 4-7-2
Nov 21, 2017 • Coliseum, Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Larry Yanez by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Jesus Lule 11-23-1
Sep 19, 2017 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Jesus Lule by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Josh Ross 2-3-4
May 20, 2017 • MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA
Gary Antuanne Russell WINS against Josh Ross by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Gary Antuanne Russell Bio
The last of the fighting Russell brothers, Gary Antuanne Russell enjoyed an incredible amateur career and is now on a similar path as a pro. The fast-handed, ultra-powerful southpaw is on pace to become a world champion in the 140-pound weight division.
‘The Last’ Boxing Brother
Gary Antuanne Russell is not only the second-youngest of the six Russell brothers of Capitol Heights, Maryland, but perhaps the most studious, observant and professionally precocious of the left-handed siblings.
All six brothers are named after their father and trainer, Gary Sr. Nicknamed “The Last” Russell, Antuanne, 25, has not only absorbed his father’s teachings, but also knowledge and wisdom from his older brothers, who, like him, were groomed in their basement by Gary Sr., a former boxer who now does so in the family-owned Enigma Boxing Gym in Capitol Heights.
“Antuanne was valedictorian of Croom Vocational High School’s Class of 2015,” said Gary Sr. “They have different personalities but make decisions and discuss their career paths as a unit, but I’ve already seen that Antuanne’s become the beneficiary of the things his siblings have done in boxing.”
Along with “Gary Jr., 33, Gary Allan III, 30, and Gary Antonio, 28, Gary Antuanne won National Golden Gloves titles. Antuanne and Gary Jr. reached the Olympic games in 2016 and 2008. Gary Antonio, nicknamed, “Another,” is an undefeated bantamweight contender.
The reigning WBC 126-pound champion, Gary Jr. works his siblings’ corners with Gary Sr. and Gary Allan and has his brothers’ names tattooed on his left arm.
“The bar's definitely set high based on what I’ve accomplished, but Antuanne is 100 percent confident in his game and has to know and believe he has the mental capacity to make the necessary adjustments for anything that comes along,” said Gary Jr.
“We believe in the dynasty and passing information down from generation to generation. With Antuanne being the youngest, I feel he has the ability to achieve much more than we all have. Antuanne has the opportunity to look at all of the mistakes that I've made, take the meat and leave the bone.”
But “The Last” knows that he has a long way to go to achieve the recognition of “Mr.” Russell, his role model for success in and out of the ring.
“Our foundations, conditioning and defensive skills are similar,” said Gary Antuanne. “You can also see Antonio and I progressing. The difference is our levels of creativity.”
Fighting For Father And Family
Gary Antuanne established the most blistering pace of all the fighting Russells, scoring first-round knockouts in all three of his initial professional bouts in 2017, knocking out Josh Ross in May, Jesus Lule in September and Larry Yanez in November.
“I’ve had enjoyable fights in my career, so far, but my pro debut was the best,” said Antuanne, who wad 7-0 (all knockouts) within a 15-month span entering 2019.
“It was my father’s 58th birthday, and the crowd and the atmosphere was electric. That was a dream come true and a monumental day for me and for the rest of the family.”
The year 2018 featured two each in first- and one each in the second- and third-round knockouts, with Antuanne receiving major exposure for a second-round TKO over Keasen Freeman on the undercard of then-heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s 10th-round TKO of Luis Ortiz card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Antuanne rose to 12-0 (all knockouts) by halting all five opponents in 2019 in four or less rounds, including a sensational 32-second, body-shot stoppage over Luis Ronaldo Castillo in September. Castillo entered that bout with a record of 20-4 (15 KOs).
Russell fought once each in 2020 and 2021. In February 2020, he halted Jose Marrufo in the first round in February. Then in May 2021, he opened the eyes of boxing fans everywhere with a brilliant sixth-round stoppage of Puerto Rico’s Jovanie Santiago, who entered at 14-1-1 (10 KOs). It was the first time Santiago had ever been knocked out as a pro.
“My mission,” said Antuanne, “is to take everything my father and older brothers have demonstrated to me as far as information, experience and wisdom and use it to take me to the next level.”
On February 26, 2022, Russell took a major step up in class, facing former WBC world 140-pound champion Viktor Postol on a PBC on SHOWTIME card from The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Russell passed the biggest test of his career with flying colors, stopping Postol abruptly in the tenth and final round of their super lightweight bout.
After pushing the action for most of the fight, Russell hurt Postol with a left uppercut in the tenth and followed up with a series of lefts and rights. With Postol against the ropes absorbing combinations, referee Mike Ortega intervened and waived it off at 2:31 of the tenth, much to Postol’s surprise, who shrugged his shoulders and seemed miffed at the stoppage.
“The performance speaks for itself,” said Russell. “You see (Postol) went the distance with Terence Crawford, and I just stopped him. I believe I’m ready for another step-up fight.”
On July 30, 2022, at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, Russell delivered a sixth-round TKO (:50) over former two-division Rances Barthelemyin their super lightweight clash to keep his perfect knockout streak intact. Russell landed a clean leaping right hook that dropped Barthelemy early in the round, and while Barthelemy was able to get to his feet, referee Shada Murdaugh waived off the action, drawing boisterous complaints from Barthelemy, his corner and the crowd in attendance.
The bout featured intriguing action from two skilled southpaws, as Russell and Barthelemy went toe-to-toe in a compelling round one that saw both men throw over 60 punches and each eat big shots. As the action progressed, Barthelemy was able to find success countering the hard-charging Russell, who dictated much of the fight’s pace.
The fighters threw within five total punches of each other per round across the bout, including combining to throw 361 power punches out of 515 total thrown. Barthelemy expressed his displeasure with the referee’s decision post-fight and staked his claim to a rematch against Russell. At the time of the stoppage, the score totals were 49-46 twice and 48-47 in favor of Russell.
On August 12, 2023, Russell scored a spectaculat first-round KO of Kent Cruz at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Russell secured his eighth career first-round knockout by sending Cruz to the canvas two minutes and 39 seconds into the super lightweight bout. The first knockdown came from a left uppercut to the chin, then Russell ended the fight with a dizzying left to the midsection.
“This is obviously good,” Russell said. “I saw the opening and I took it, and I was trying to remain disciplined defensively at the same time. More than anything, I was trying to make sure I could end it in the first round.
“I wasn't shooting for the knockout streak, but that's just what happened during a minute and a half worth of work tonight. If the opportunity is there, why not take it?”