Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut, United States
Tape rankings @ Bantamweight
Who won Russell vs Payano?
Gary Antonio Russell beat Juan Carlos Payano by technical decision in their 7 round contest on Saturday 19th December 2020 at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.
The scorecards were announced as 59-55, 59-55, 58-56 in favor of winner Gary Antonio Russell.
The fight took place over 7 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 118 pounds (8.4 stone or 53.5 KG).
Russell vs Payano stats
Gary Antonio Russell stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 17 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Juan Carlos Payano made his way to the ring with a record of 21 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 9 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Russell had a large advantage in power over Payano, boosting at 71% knock out percentage over Payano's 43%.
Gary Antonio Russell was the younger man by 9 years, at 27 years old.
Russell had a height advantage of 1 inch over Payano. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Gary Antonio Russell fought out of the orthodox stance, while Juan Carlos Payano was a southpaw.
Russell was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 8 less fights, and made his debut in 2015, 4 year and 5 months later than Payano, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 105 less professional rounds, 69 to Payano's 174.
Juan Carlos Payano was ranked number 15 by the WBC in the 118lb division.
Russell vs Payano form
Russell remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 1 of his last 4 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Jesus Martinez on 8th February 2020 by in the 6th round at PPL Center, Pennsylvania, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Samuel Gutierrez on 2nd November 2019 by technical knockout in the 1st round at MGM National Harbor, Maryland.
Going into that contest, he had won against Francisco Pedroza on 13th July 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Minneapolis Armory, Minnesota.
Before that, he had beat Saul Eduardo Hernandez on 18th May 2019 by technical decision in their 6 round contest at Barclays Center, New York.
Juan Carlos Payano had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Daniel Roman on 26th September 2020 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Luis Nery on 20th July 2019 by knockout in the 9th round at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Damien Vazquez on 9th March 2019 by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest at Dignity Health Sports Park, California.
Before that, he had lost to Naoya Inoue on 7th October 2018 by knockout in the 1st round in their WBA World Bantamweight championship fight at Arena, Kanagawa, Japan.
He had won against Alexis Santiago on 22nd August 2017 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Sam's Town Hotel, Las Vegas, United States.
Russell's last 4 fights had come over a period of 8 months and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 2 months and 7 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 23 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.8 rounds on average.
Payano's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 4 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 9 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 40 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8 rounds on average.
What time did Russell vs Payano start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 8:00 pm EST / 5:00 pm PST at Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut, United States, which was around 1:00 am GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Russell vs Payano?
Russell vs Payano was broadcast on ShowTime in the US, while the fight was broadcast in the United Kingdom by Premier Sports.