Russell crushes Castaneda in 3!
Undefeated ’08 Olympian Gary Russell Jr. (21-0, 13 KOs) headlined “Night of Olympians” on Friday night and scored a devastating third round KO over late replacement Roberto Castaneda (20-3-1, 15 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. A shot to the body followed by a vicious right hook to the jaw sent Castaneda crashing to canvas and it was immediately stopped by referee Pat Russel. Official time was 1:25.
On the undercard, five 2012 Olympians made their pro-debut and were showcased on Showtime’s SHOBox.
Super middleweight Terrell Gausha (1-0, 1 KO) scored second round KO over over-matched Dustin Caplinger (2-4, 1 KO). A combination that included a body shot floored Caplin and that was enough for the ringside physician to call a halt to the beating.
Jr middleweight Errol Spence Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) scored a third round TKO over Jonathan Garcia (3-4, 1 KO). Four uppercuts and a right hook sent Garcia to the canvas. A follow up attack left referee Pat Russell no choice but to step in and stop the action at the 2:41.
Cruiserweight Marcus Browne (1-0, 1 KO) scored a third round TKO over Codale Ford (2-1, 2 KOs). Browne dropped Ford with a body shot in the third and got the stoppage moments later with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:04.
Super heavyweight Dominic Breazeale (1-0, 1 KO) scored an first round KO over Curtis Tate (4-4, 4 KOs) who simply didn’t want to fight. Tate went down early and complained he couldn’t see. Then when the fight was called he said he was fine. He was then allowed to continue and a flurry of glancing blows sent him crumbling to the canvas. Referee Pat Russell immediately waved it off.
Three-time Olympian bantamweight Rau’Shee Warren (1-0) opened the telecast with a four round unanimous decision over Luis Rivera (1-2, 0 KOs). Scores were 40-36, 38-37, 38-37.