Autumn/Fall 2023
Potentially

in the United States

Potential contest @ Featherweight
31-2-0
38-2-1

Belts on The Line

WBA Super World Featherweight

The tape

34
Age
34
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 10UD 12UD 12UD 12TKO 8
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

9
The Ring
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WBA
-
4
WBC
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-
WBO
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-
IBF
-

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 Autumn/Fall 2023 in 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 loses and 0 draws, 18 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.

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

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

Gary Russell Jr is the same age as Leo Santa Cruz, at 34 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 less fights, and made his debut in 2009, 2 year and 3 months later than Santa Cruz, whose first professional fight was in 2006. He has fought 105 less professional rounds, 172 to Santa Cruz's 277.

Gary Russell Jr goes into the fight ranked number 4 by the WBC and 9 by the RING at featherweight.

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 22nd January 2022 by majority decision in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Borgata Hotel Casino, New Jersey, United States.

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

Going into that contest, he had beat Kiko Martinez on 18th May 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 19th May 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 20th May 2017 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill.

Santa Cruz has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 4 times.

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

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

Going into that contest, he had beat Rafael Rivera on 16th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Featherweight championship fight at Microsoft Theater, California.

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

He had beat Chris Avalos on 14th October 2017 by technical knockout in the 8th round in their WBA Super World Featherweight championship fight at StubHub Center, Carson.

Activity check

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

Gary Russell Jr last fought 10 months and 9 days ago, while Leo Santa Cruz's last outing was 9 months and 26 days ago.

Russell Jr's last 5 fights have come over a period of 5 years, 6 months and 11 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month 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 5 years, 1 month and 17 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 1 year and 9 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 54 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 10.8 rounds on average.

What are the odds on Russell Jr vs Santa Cruz?

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