Gary Antuanne Russell (16-0, 16 KOs) of Capitol Heights, Maryland defeated two-division champion Rances Barthelemy (29-2-1, 15 KOs) of Havana, Cuba when the pair squared off at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday July 30, which made it Sunday July 31 in Australia. The contest kicked off Garcia vs Benavidez telecast live on Showtime.
The scheduled for ten rounds super lightweight bout was stopped in Round 6. Although Barthelemy got back on his feet after being dropped by Russell’s right hook the referee waved the fight off. Check out the video of stoppage below.
“I know Rances is a high-grade, class athlete and he wanted to continue,” said Russell, who revealed post fight that he hurt his left hand in the fifth round. “Emotions were high. Whether we are bruised or beaten, as a warrior, you always want to continue but the referee was doing his job and if he was allowed to continue it would have been the same outcome. I would have gotten him.
“In the sixth round I had him backing up. I knew he was looking for his right cross and I caught him backing up and I shot my hook and put him down, he was buzzed but he wanted to keep going. He’s a warrior.”
“I want to tell my father up above I did it for him, we’re going to keep it going for pops. This is something my dad instilled in us, no matter what you go through in life and death, two things are inevitable, he raised us to be men and well-rounded men. Being thorough means to be prepared, and he prepared us for boxing and for life outside of boxing. I thank my father and I did what I had to do.”
“This is the most bitter loss of my career,” said Barthelemy. “I’m destroyed. Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t Russell’s fault at all. I’m a veteran, and I had been through something like that plenty of times in my career. The referee treated me like a rookie instead of the two-time world champion I am.”
“No, they shouldn’t have stopped it. I felt good. It was a good shot, I’m not denying that, but they shouldn’t have stopped it. I got up and told him I was fine and good to go. Of course I want the rematch with a different referee.”
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