WBC Featherweight Champion, Gary Russell Jr, secured a seventh round stoppage against Oscar Escandon at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland.
In the opening round, Russell was quick out of the gate, landing shots at will on the Colombian challenger.
The second round was a similar affair with the Champion firmly in control.
In the third round, Escandon would taste the canvas for the first time in the contest, after being caught with a right hook — he rose to beat the count, recovering well and seeing out the round.
Going forward, Escandon found slightly more success. However, Russell always had the upper hand — landing two or three punches for every single one he took.
In the seventh round, Escandon missed his target — Russell countered with a two punch combination and sent Escandon back to the canvas. The resilient Colombian challenger once again beat the count, but the referee, Harvey Dock, adjudged Escandon to be in no fit state to continue and called a halt to proceedings.
In a post-fight interview, Russell said that in his next fight he is keen to avenge his only career defeat, against Vasyl Lomachenko.
“Lomachenko, that’s a no-brainer. I don’t want to do it [fight Lomachenko] for the fans or the media. I want to do it for myself, and I want to do it twice. I’ll knock him out the first time, and then he’ll want me to fight him again.”
Russell also reiterated his desire to unify titles within the Featherweight division.
“I would love to unify against all the other guys in the featherweight division,” said Russell. “I’d like [to fight] Leo Santa Cruz, Lee Selby, Oscar Valdez.”