Gary Antuanne Russell Opens as Huge Favorite Versus Rances Barthelemy

Russel Vs Barthelemy

  • Gary Antuanne Russell has opened as the -625 betting favorite to beat Rances Barthelemy.
  • Former two-division champion Barthelemy is currently listed as the +350 bottom dog against Russell.
  • Russell is coming off a TKO win over Viktor Postol while Barthelemy stopped unknown Gustavo David Vittori in his last bout.

Unbeaten rising star Gary Antuanne Russell will be a massive betting favorite when he faces former two-division champion, Rances Barthelemy, in the undercard of Saturday’s SHOWTIME event featuring Danny Garcia versus Jose Benavidez Jr.

According to the top boxing betting sites, Russell is the -625 favorite with Barthelemy coming back at +350 odds:

The Premier Boxing Champions event will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Russell Stops Viktor Postol in Toughest Test

Russell passed his toughest test to date, stopping former world champion Viktor Postol in the final minute of the 10th round in a highly-competitive bout at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas last February 26th. The victory not only won the WBA Continental Americas super lightweight title for Russell but also gave him his biggest win to date.

The 26-year-old southpaw from Capitol Heights, Maryland is the younger brother of former featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. Gary Antuanne represented the United States in the 2016 Summer Olympics where he suffered a controversial third-round defeat. Russell turned pro in 2017 and is unbeaten in 15 bouts with all of his 15 wins coming by way of knockout, including even first-round stoppages.

Gary Antuanne has opened and closed as the betting favorite in each of his 15 professional bouts and has been listed at odds -1000 or better in more than half of those assignments. His shortest odds came in his last fight against Postol where he opened at -357 odds and closed at the -1050 to -699 range, depending on which of the top sportsbooks you are looking at.

Rances Barthelemy TKOs Gustavo David Vittori

Barthelemy is coming off a second-round TKO win over Gustavo David Vittori last November 6th in the undercard of the Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant boxing event at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The win was the third in four bouts with one draw since he suffered his first career loss against Kiryl Relikh in their rematch in March 2018

The 36-year-old from Arroyo, Naranjo in Cuba is a former two-weight division world champion, having held the IBF junior lightweight title in 2014 and the IBF lightweight title from 2015 to 2016. Barthelemy owns notable wins against the likes of Argenis Marquez, Antonio DeMarco, Denis Shafikov, Mickey Bey, and Relikh. He also figured in a draw with former world champion Robert Easter Jr. in 2019 when they fought for the WBA and IBO lightweight titles. Overall, he owns a record of 29-1-1 with 15 knockouts.

This marks only the second time in his last 10 bouts where Barthelemy has opened with the plus money sign written next to his name. The only other time he opened as an underdog was when he hit the betting boards at +450 against Easter. He closed at a shorter +300 odds in that bout. Next to that, Barthelemy’s longest odds were at -140 when he lost to Relikh.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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