“What is needed now from Russell is more of the same. Considering the nondescript opponents, the squandered potential, the years of tried patience that have typified Russell’s career, that request is as unexpected as it is novel. “Patience” from the Latin “pati” meaning “to suffer,”—oh yes, waiting on Russell was indeed suffering for aficionados left cold by his glacial progression. After years of wanting anything but consistency from Russell, however, the fighter from Capitol Heights, Maryland, finally delivered a performance that, at the very least, piqued a collective interest and earned him goodwill enough for the public to pardon whatever mandatory defense his newly acquired hardware might permit.”
Read First & Long Overdue: Gary Russell Jr. TKO4 Jhonny Gonzalez on The Cruelest Sport.