Opinion | Apr 01 2015

Like greats of the past Gary Russell Jnr proves a loss can be more valuable than multiple victories

Daniel Herbert explains why defeat is not the end of the world and ponders what's next for the impressive Russell Jnr
Gary Russell

BIG story of last weekend was the victory by Gary Russell Jnr over Jhonny Gonzalez for the WBC featherweight title in Las Vegas. What impressed was not that Russell Jr won – but that he did so in such crushing fashion with a fourth-round knockout.

The Maryland southpaw confirmed he is a real factor at 126lbs and not just an overhyped, over-protected pretender riding high because of having influential Al Haymon as an adviser. That appeared to be the case in Gary’s first world title crack, when Vasyl Lomachenko outworked him over 12 rounds for the vacant WBO belt last year.

Too many easy matches caught up with Russell Jnr that night, when Lomachenko seemed the more complete professional despite it being only the third pro fight for the double Olympic champion from Ukraine.