WBC Featherweight Champion, Gary Russell Jr, is eager to secure a unification bout with Lee Selby or Leo Santa Cruz — if he can overcome Oscar Escandon this weekend.
Russell’s last outing was in 2016, when he made the first defence of his WBC crown against Patrick Hyland, winning via stoppage in the Xth round.
Although he expects Escandon to come forward, Russell notes that he prepares carefully for each opponent he faces.
“I look at each fighter as their own individual,” Russell said. “We don’t prepare the same way for every opponent. He’s [Escandon] a tough fighter who comes forward. He’s very physical, and I expect him to be at his best on Saturday. It’s up to me to counteract what he does.”
With Escandon firmly fixed in his sights, Russell is confident he is fully prepared for anything the Colombian may have to offer on Saturday night.
“I’m 100 percent physically and mentally ready for the challenge, and I’m on top of everything I can be,” Russell said.
“When you get caught up in the hype, it’s a deficiency in yourself. You have to be able to focus on the objective over everything else.”
While Russell remains focused on Escandon for now, he is still hoping to secure a unification bout in his next outing.
“I want a unification bout after this,” said Russell. “I’m ready for any of the other world champions. We can line them all up in the same night if you want. If I can’t get those fights, I’m going to move up in weight and bully around these bigger guys.”