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Terence “Bud” Crawford, Gervonta “Tank” Davis”, and Gary Russell Jr: Three the Hard Way

 

Terence “Bud” Crawford, Gervonta “Tank” Davis”, and Gary Russell Jr: Three the Hard Way

By Xavier Porter, www.brooklynfights.com

May 20, 2017

Brooklyn, N.Y. – “Grand opening, grand closing; I came, I saw, I conquered” – Jay Z

Facing a skilled boxer is tough for any opponent. Facing a southpaw boxer of championship pedigree, well, that’s another story. What has yet to be mentioned or recognized is that this coming Saturday night three southpaw world champions will be defending their respective championship titles against tough opposition. With amazing skill and superb talent Terence Crawford, Gervonta Davis, and Gary Russell Jr. are unique fighters. All three men possess an innate ability that cannot be taught. In fact, it’s what drives them to be who they are: world champions.

photo courtesy of Mickey Williams/Top Rank Boxing

Terence “Bud” Crawford – WBC, WBO, Ring super lightweight-junior welterweight world champion – photo courtesy of Mickey Williams/Top Rank Boxing

Crawford is one of the best fighters in boxing today. He possesses a sharp, tactical mindset. His defense is fantastic and he continues to defeat his opponents with accurate punching and phenomenal punching power. A respected pound-for-pound king in boxing, Crawford is making a return defense of his lineal 140-pound championship belts inside “The Mecca of boxing and sports entertainment, at the Madison Square Garden.”

Gary Russell, Jr. - WBC featherweight world champion - photo courtesy of Ed Diller

Gary Russell, Jr. – WBC featherweight world champion – photo courtesy of Ed Diller

Representing the great family of Russell fighters, Russell, Jr. will be defending his WBC featherweight world championship in front of his home town fans at the MGM National Harbor, outside of Washington, D.C.

Gervonta "Tank" Davis - IBF super featherweight - junior lightweight world champion - photo courtesy of Showtime Boxing

Gervonta “Tank” Davis – IBF super featherweight – junior lightweight world champion – photo courtesy of Showtime Boxing

Davis, the heart and pride of Baltimore, will be making the first defense of his IBF super-featherweight – junior lightweight championship across seas London, England at the Copper Box Arena.

With their respective fights being showcased on both HBO Boxing and Showtime Boxing, each champion is focused, determined, and ready to give fight fans an amazing night of boxing.

TERENCE CRAWFORD VS FELIX DIAZ – WORLD JR. WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Sat, May 20, 2017 | 10:15 ET/PT | Madison Square Garden NY, NY

photo courtesy of BigioShotYa

photo courtesy of BigioShotYa

Live, on HBO, the pride of Omaha, Nebraska and the current WBO, WBC, and Ring 140-pound champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) is scheduled to face former Olympic gold medalist and top-rated contender Felix Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs). Diaz, the first boxer from the Dominican Republic, is as tough as they come; however, in fighting Crawford, he will be facing of the best fighters in boxing.

Terence "Bud" Crawford - WBC, WBO, Ring super lightweight-junior welterweight champion - photo courtesy of Mickey Williams/Top Rank Boxing

Terence “Bud” Crawford – WBC, WBO, Ring super lightweight – junior welterweight champion – photo courtesy of Mickey Williams/Top Rank Boxing

“On the outside, a lot of fighters think they can beat me,” Crawford said.

“They say they want to get in the ring with me, but when they get in the ring with me, they see something that they never seen before.”

photo courtesy of Mickey Williams/Top Rank Boxing

photo courtesy of Mickey Williams/Top Rank Boxing

Highly skilled in both the orthodox and southpaw stance, Crawford is a marvel and an electrifying fighter. He’s slick, smooth, and deadly. Once he has his opponent hurt, he springs into action and goes in for the kill. A win against Diaz will bring Crawford one step closer to unifying his championship belts with current IBF and WBA super lightweight – junior welterweight champion Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs).

Becoming a world champion is a goal for mostly every fighter in boxing. Becoming the undisputed world champion within your division is the ultimate prize. Crawford is on the verge of getting that opportunity with a successful win on Saturday night.

Gary Russell, Jr. defends his WBC 126-pound Title against Oscar Escandon at MGM National Harbor on Showtime

Gary Russell, Jr. (27-1, 16 KOs), the WBC featherweight champion, who possesses some of the fastest hands in boxing, is scheduled to defend his world championship against the hard-hitting Oscar Escandon (25-2, 17 KOs). This fight is the main event and with his home-town fans in attendance Russell, Jr. is expected to perform and put on a masterful showcase of boxing. Joining Russell, Jr. on this fight card will be two of his younger brothers, 2016 U.S. Olympian Gary Antuanne Russell and unbeaten prospect Gary Antonio Russell. All three men will be looking to perform well in front of their hometown fans.

“It feels that we’re all fighting on the same card, in our hometown,” Russell, Jr. said.

“The fact that everyone will be there; from our neighbors, to the mailman, from the people who honk their horns when they see us jogging in the neighborhood, they will all be there to see our fights take place. That will be a cool feeling.”

Russell Jr. vs. Escandon is a featherweight world championship showdown that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, May 20 from MGM National Harbor in Maryland. Televised coverage begins on SHOWTIME at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

For more information, you can follow on Twitter:

@MrGaryRussellJr

@TGBPromotions

@MGMNatlHarbor

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www.Facebook.com/MGMNationalHarbor

Gervonta Davis defends his 130-pound Title against Liam Walsh from London, England on Showtime

Davis (17-0, 16 KOs), the pride and heart of Baltimore City, will be making the first defense if his IBF super-featherweight – junior-lightweight championship against his number one contender Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KOs). In fighting Walsh, Davis will be facing an undefeated southpaw fighting in his hometown of London.

With the continued guidance, love, and support from his lead trainer/father figure Calvin Ford, alongside the tutelage of his promoter (the great Floyd Mayweather and advisor Al Haymon), Davis is on the cusp of greatness.

Davis is ready to expand his fan base while continuing to be one of the best young champions in boxing.

“He’s a good fighter and it’s great to get this opportunity early in my career to fight in the United Kingdom.”

“I know that he’ll be ready to fight so I’m making sure that I’ll be ready as well. This is his first shot at a world title. I’ve been in that position before. I’ve been on the big stage, with the bright lights. I will be patient and allow the fight to come to me. I’m going to get the job done.”

Davis vs Walsh is scheduled to take place at the Copper Box Arena in London, England with coverage beginning on SHOWTIME at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

For continued support you can follow Davis on:

https://twitter.com/Gervontaa

https://www.facebook.com/GervontaTankDavis

https://www.instagram.com/gervontaa/