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Potential contest @ Featherweight
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38-2-1

The tape

35
Age
35
5' 5" / 164 cm
Height
5' 7" / 171 cm
64.2" / 163 cm
Reach
68.9" / 175 cm
Southpaw (L)
Stance
Orthodox (R)

Full record

MD 12UD 12TKO 5UD 12TKO 7
Form
UD 10KO 6UD 12UD 12UD 12
31
Wins
38
18
By KO
19
58
KO%
50
2
Losses
2
0
Stopped
1
0
Draws
1
2009
Debut
2006
172
Pro rounds
277

Current rankings @ Featherweight

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Gary Russell Jr vs Leo Santa Cruz preview


When is Russell Jr vs Santa Cruz?

Gary Russell Jr could face the challenge of Leo Santa Cruz in Summer 2024 the United States.

The fight would take place over 12 rounds in the Featherweight division, which means the weight limit would be 126 pounds (9 stone or 57.1 kg).

Russell Jr vs Santa Cruz stats

Gary Russell Jr would step into the ring with a record of 31 wins, 2 losses, and 0 draws, 18 of those wins coming by way of knockout.

Leo Santa Cruz would make his way to the ring with a record of 38 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw, with 19 of those wins by knockout.

The stats suggest Russell Jr would have a slight advantage in power over Santa Cruz, with a 58% knockout percentage compared to Santa Cruz's 50%.

Gary Russell Jr is the same age as Leo Santa Cruz, at 35 years old.

Santa Cruz has a height advantage of 2 inches over Russell Jr. This also extends to a 5-inch reach advantage.

Gary Russell Jr fights out of the southpaw stance, while Leo Santa Cruz is an orthodox fighter.

Russell Jr is currently the less experienced professional fighter, having had 8 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2009, 2 years and 3 months later than Santa Cruz, whose first professional fight was in 2006. He has fought 105 fewer professional rounds, totaling 172 compared to Santa Cruz's 277.

Russell Jr vs Santa Cruz form

Russell Jr has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.

In his last fight, he lost to Mark Magsayo on January 22, 2022, by majority decision in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Borgata Hotel Casino, New Jersey, United States.

Prior to that, he had won against Tugstsogt Nyambayar on February 8, 2020, by unanimous decision in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Going into that contest, he had beaten Kiko Martinez on May 18, 2019, by technical knockout in the 5th round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Barclays Center, New York.

Before that, he had defeated Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz on May 19, 2018, by unanimous decision in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland.

He had won against Oscar Escandon on May 20, 2017, by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill.

Leo Santa Cruz has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.

In his last fight, he defeated Keenan Carbajal on February 5, 2022, by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas, United States.

Prior to that, he had been beaten by Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis on October 31, 2020, by knockout in the 6th round in their WBA Super World Super Featherweight and WBA World Lightweight championship fight at Alamodome, San Antonio.

Going into that contest, he had defeated Miguel Flores on November 23, 2019, by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Super Featherweight championship fight at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

Before that, he had beaten Rafael Rivera on February 16, 2019, by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Featherweight championship fight at Microsoft Theater, California.

He had won against Abner Mares on June 9, 2018, by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Featherweight championship fight at Staples Center, LA.

Activity check

In terms of recent activity, Leo Santa Cruz has been fighting more than Gary Russell Jr.

Gary Russell Jr last fought 2 years, 6 months and 4 days ago, while Leo Santa Cruz's last outing was 2 years, 5 months and 21 days ago.

Russell Jr's last 5 fights have come over a period of 7 years, 2 months and 6 days, which means he has been fighting approximately every 1 year, 5 months and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 48 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 9.6 rounds on average.

Santa Cruz's last 5 fights have come over a period of 6 years, 1 month and 17 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 1 year, 2 months and 23 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 52 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 10.4 rounds on average.

What are the odds on Russell Jr vs Santa Cruz?

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