WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. retained his title with a remarkable TKO of Irishman Patrick Hyland Saturday at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.
In the co-feature, Jose Pedrazadefended his IBF Junior Lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Stephen Smith.
Post fight quotes
“We stuck to the game plan. We stayed sharp,” said Russell Jr., who improves his record to 27 wins, one loss, 15 knockouts.
“I’m ready to fight anyone in the division – Santa Cruz, Lee Selby. We are ready. But what I really want is [Vasyl] Lomachenko. I don’t care if he moves up to 147 pounds. I will go anywhere to get that fight.
“This definitely was a tough fight but the training really came to advantage in this fight. I knew he was a tough fighter so I was always aware.”
“I had better focus tonight. I had a better training camp. I knew that Stephen Smith was a great fighter and even after the knockdown, we were very cautious not to rush in.”
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April 16, 2016