Gary Antuanne Russell Media Workout Quotes
Unbeaten rising star Gary Antuanne Russell held a media
workout in his hometown of Capitol Heights, Md. on Monday,
as he prepares to take on former two-division world champion
Rances Barthelemy in the telecast opener live on SHOWTIME
Saturday, July 30 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a
Premier Boxing Champions event.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m.
PT and is headlined by two-division champion Danny “Swift”
Garcia making his 154-pound debut against exciting contender
Jose Benavidez Jr.
Russell was joined at his media workout by his older brother
and new trainer, former WBC Featherweight World Champion
Gary Russell Jr., as they look to build on the legacy left
by their late father Gary Sr., the patriarch of one of the
sport’s preeminent fighting families.
Here is what the workout participants had to say Monday from
The Enigma Boxing Gym:
GARY ANTUANNE RUSSELL
“I’m up against a fighting style that I believe is similar
to Viktor Postol’s. Postol is a little more defensive, but
they’re both long and rangy opponents.
“It’s of course a plus that I was able to be the first
person to stop Postol. But at our gym and with our family,
we don’t magnify fights like these. We pay attention to our
credentials, and don’t really worry about what our opponents
bring. The way we train, we’re not going to run into styles
that we’re not accustomed to.
“With this sport, you have to have diversity in your style.
Because you never really know what kind of opponent you’re
going to be facing. They might change up their fighting
style based on yours. We just strive for excellence and
“In the Postol fight he tried to use his length to keep me
at bay. But we executed our game plan. It wasn’t about
overanalyzing our opponent, but we saw that we could exploit
his flaws. He pulled back a lot and he didn’t want to fight
on the inside. We tried to keep ourselves in comfortable
“We train for perfection every day. We know that execution
is what wins fights. If our opponent can’t make the
necessary adjustments to keep us off them, then that’s on
them. This sport is a battle of wits. My will versus your
will and my intelligence versus yours.
“My brothers have always been in my corner. We all now are
so tunnel-visioned on what's important. Our motto in the gym
is that the ultimate revenge is success.
“If we come out unscathed from July 30, we’ll start working
on the next opponent and get another fighter with great
credentials in there. We’ll be looking at fighting for the
titles. Our goal was to clean out the division. That’s the
first goal, then we’ll start moving up to other weight
GARY RUSSELL JR., Gary Antuanne’s Brother and Trainer
“Our father was not just a magnificent father, but a teacher
and a mentor. He molded not just men, but soldiers. He gave
us the tools, the skills and the wit to properly maneuver
through this jungle that we’re in.
“The biggest thing that our father taught us was
versatility. That’s the biggest key with anything you do in
life. I’m a great fighter because I’m versatile. A lot of
these fighters are just really good at one thing. I don’t
want to see someone who’s only good at fighting one style.
“I was always side-by-side working with my father when it
came to working with my younger brothers. Even before I was
going to fight, if they were on my undercard, I would work
their corners as well. I think my father was somewhat always
preparing me for this.
“Rances is a great opponent. Whoever wins this fight is
getting a big leg up in their career. My brother is looking
to take over the division. I don’t think there’s any fighter
in the division who he couldn’t beat. He can run through
these guys. All he has to do is listen, that’s it.
“Your corner is your last line of defense. As a fellow
fighter, I understand that. My brother is still learning to
adjust on the fly. He’s learning, but there’s still things
left to tweak.
“My father touched so many people in the sport of boxing and
played some role in where so many people have gotten in
their careers. Whether it’s fighters or coaches, he was
never shy about passing along jewels and information.”