Undefeated Shishkin & Russ II Scheduled For Battle On
Mar. 5 Detroit Brawl In Dearborn, MI
WBC #10- and IBF #9-ranked super middleweight Vladimir
Shishkin (12-0, 7 KOs), as well as undefeated Detroit super
welterweight Gordie Russ II (3-0, 3 KOs) have been added to
the lineup in separate bouts for Salita Promotions’ next
“Detroit Brawl” event, Saturday, March 5, 2022, in the
Lincoln Ballroom of the Ford Community & Performing Arts
Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
Waiting out the pandemic for an inevitable high-profile
match-up against a champion or highly rated contender,
former amateur star Shishkin, originally from Stepnoe,
Russia, is now living and training at the Kronk Gym in
Detroit with super trainer Javan “SugarHill” Steward. The
talented Russian will look to stay sharp against Ecuadorian
trialhorse Jeyson “Verdugo” Minda (14-6-1, 8 KOs), in a bout
scheduled for eight rounds.
“I’m excited to add another adopted Detroiter to the card,”
said event promoter, Dmitriy Salita. “Like the legendary
Russian Five, who played a big role in bringing a Stanley
Cup Championship to ‘America’s Greatest Comeback City’
Detroit. I believe Vladimir’s partnership with Sugarhill
will soon result in another world title for the city of
Detroit. And as a bonus for local boxing fans, they will get
a chance to see another future world champion on this
stacked Detroit Brawl card!”
Also training with Steward and added to the Detroit Brawl
bill is his cousin, the aforementioned super welterweight
Russ II, who will hope to keep his record perfect (currently
3-0, 3 KOs) against an opponent also TBA over four rounds.
Tickets for “Detroit Brawl” start at $35 and can be
purchased by clicking HERE or by calling or visit the Ford
Community & Performing Arts Center Box Office (313.943.2354)
at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn during Box Office hours:
Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 4 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm
on the day of the event.
In the night’s 10-round heavyweight main event, Saginaw,
Michigan, spoiler Robert Simms (11-3, 3 KOs) will test the
mettle of undefeated New Yorker Moses “ThunderHands” Johnson
(8-0, 7 KOs).
Featured in the 10-round super middleweight co-main event
will be Detroit’s own Winfred “Hot Boy” Harris Jr. (21-1-1,
10 KOs) taking on another veteran known for pulling off
occasional surprises, former NABA-US Super Middleweight
Champion Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson of Riverside, California.
Also seeing action will be undefeated middleweight terror
Marlon Harrington (6-0, 5 KOs) stepping up in class to face
Montevideo, Uruguay’s Andres Viera (11-4, 8 KOs) in a
Featured in matching showcase bouts will be popular Grand
Rapids, Michigan-based former amateur stars Joseph “Sug”
Hicks Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) taking on Justin Baesman (0-2) of
Herlong, California, and Joshua Pagan (1-0, 1 KO) in
Making their Detroit Brawl debuts against opponents TBA will
be Dearborn’s own 19-year-old undefeated southpaw Husam Al
Mashhadi (2-0, 2 KOs) in a super welterweight four-rounder;
and Detroit’s Vernon Webber will hope to make his
heavyweight pro debut a memorable one against Hammond,
Indiana’s Gabriel Mota (1-2).