Originally posted on Boxing Watchers  |  Last updated 6/30/12

As we get set for the second fight of tonight's ShoBox tripleheader, Steve Farhood interviews Josesito Lopez about his thrilling upset of Victor Ortiz. Hard not to like this kid. But the man about to be showcased is Gary Russell Jr. , putting his undefeated record on the line against Christopher Perez.

This one will be a 10-rounder in the featherweight division. Perez comes out first, and his pro record is a good one: 23-2 with 14 KOs. He has fought exclusively in his native Mexico until tonight.

Russell heads to the ring looking to add to his 19-0 professional mark. He's been carefully managed by his father early in his career, and it's tough to say if this is really a step up for him or not.

Jake Gutierrez introduces both men to the fans on hand, and we're all set to go.


Round 1

Russell hunts for a way inside against the slightly taller Perez. The Mexican tries to get his hands going. No one throwing much as they study each other. Russell tries to load up a left, and Perez tries to counter. Russell lands a quick counter left, then a bigger one as a counter to Perez's left hook. A thumping left hook score for Russell. Gary lands two short lefts on the inside as he continues chasing Perez from corner to corner. Perez times a left hand as Russell leaps in.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Russell


Round 2

Combination punches land for Russell as they scramble around. Both men look like they would be more comfortable counter-punching. Russell flashes his hand speed again amidst a brief exchange. Perez looks like he has been off-balance a few times. Russell slugs it out in another exchange and lands a combo that puts Perez on the canvas. Perez beats the count but still looks a bit wobbly. Perez absorbs a number of punches along the ropes as he tries to shake out the cobwebs.

Tylwalk: 10-8 Russell


Round 3

Russell lands a counter left, and every time Perez punches, he looks like he's in trouble. A left hand knocks Perez straight back and down for the second time. Perez beats this count too, but he's quickly put back down. Will the ref let this continue? Yes, for now. Perez has two minutes to survive. Russell hunts patiently, knowing he has things fully in hand. A right hand puts Perez down for the fourth time, and I believe that will be it.

The winner by KO at 1:41 of Round 3, "Mister" Gary Russell Jr. 

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