Rigondeaux takes on Casimero for WBO bantamweight title August 14th

Russell (18-0, 12 KOs) is a few fights away from going up against the top fighters in the bantamweight division. He scored a win over former champion Juan Carlos Payano last December, and also had a victory over Jesus Martinez last February. The middle brother of the Russell clan (WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Jr. and 2016 U.S. Olympian Gary Antuanne) won the 2013 National Golden Gloves competition before turning pro in 2015.

Gary Antonio Russell looks to stay undefeated with a win over Emmanuel Rodriguez. Photo by Amanda Westcott

“I’m very excited for this fight on August 14th on Showtime,” said Russell. “I’ve put in the work and I’m always ready to fight, no matter when the call comes. I’m so focused right now. Rodriguez is the only thing on my mind and I’m ready to put on a show.”

Rodriguez (19-2, 12 KOs) had a close fight on the same card last December against Reymart Gaballo, losing by split decision in a fight that some felt he should have won. The former IBF bantamweight champion looks to get back in the winning column after losing the title to Naoya Inoue in 2019 which preceded his fight with Gaballo. The Puerto Rican native had been unbeaten with wins over Paul Butler and Jason Moloney before the losing streak. Now he wants to prove that he is still among the best in the division.

“I can’t wait to get back in the ring for this fight,” said Rodríguez. “Everyone knows what happened in my last fight against Gaballo. This time, I’m not leaving it up to the judges. I’m going for the knockout and a statement victory.”

Former bantamweight champion Warren (18-3, 4 KOs) is coming off a victory in February against Sharone Carter and looks to get back in the mix after falling short of becoming a two-time champion in 2019, losing to Nordine Oubaali by decision. He holds wins over Juan Carlos Payano and McJoe Arroyo, and wants to get big fights in the bantamweight division once again. A victory over Vázquez would likely get him there and he is highly confident that he will get it.

“Vázquez is not the type of fighter that can compete with me,” said Warren. “When they sent me the name, I looked at one of his fights and 10 seconds was all I needed to see. I really want to face Rigondeaux, but I’m going to handle this and I’m going to wait until I get who I want to get. I’ve been sparring with a lot of top amateurs and that’s been keeping me sharp. They throw punches in bunches and they’re keeping me on my toes heading into August 14th.”

Vázquez (15-2-1, 7 KOs) was part of a pay per view telecast last September, losing by stoppage to Brandon Figueroa. He has a record of 2-2-1 after being unbeaten in his first 14 pro fights. The younger brother of former two-time champion Israel Vázquez is returning to bantamweight in order to resume the success he had to start his career.

“This is a great opportunity for me,” said Vázquez. “I’m back fighting at bantamweight and that’s for sure the best weight for me going forward. I’m ready to show the world what I’m capable of. This is going to be a war. Warren is a world class fighter, but if he thinks this is an easy fight, then he is totally mistaken and I’ll prove it on August 14th.”

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