The 23-year-old Russell Jr. pitched a virtual shutout on the way to rising to 18-0 with 10 knockouts against the 28-year-old Miranda (32-4, 30 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico.
The speedy and technically-sound Russell of Capitol Heights, Md., won by scores of 80-72, 80-72, 79-72, was simply too fast, skilled and technically sound for Miranda (32-4, 30 KOs).
The bouts were being contested at the Bea Rivage Resort and Casino against the backdrop a heavy downpour and local street flooding — effects caused by consecutive tropical storms Hurricane Irene, and, Hurricane Lee.
Biloxi was also heavily effected by Hurricane Katrina six year ago.
RingTV.com: How was the experience of fighting in the wake of a tropical storm?
We were right by the water, which made it even worse. But everything is good, man. We worked it out and we got the “W,” and I still got home to see the family, so everything is good.
RingTV.com: What is your opinion of your overall performance?
We got down there the Wednesday before the fight, and so that Thursday, it hit me really heavy. I felt like I had a real bad sinus infection or something. Everything is just real stuffy and I can’t breathe.
There was a lot of little factors, man, but I was definitely under the weather. That definitely played a part. But I’m a warrior, you know? You have to go out there and you have to get the job done, regardless of what the situation is.
RingTV.com: I understand that you may have suffered a shoulder injury?
RingTV.com: What are your thoughts on Miranda as an opponent?
That played a part. We were aware of it and we were cautious. As far as my performance, though, I’m grateful and I’m pleased.
God allowed me to perform on that big of a stage and to come home with the “W” against that type of an opponent of that caliber, so I’m definitely pleased about that.
A lot of the fans don’t know how much better I could be. I do. I think that my performance was a little downplayed because of my condition with my illness. I can do 10 times better.
It’s going to be a wonderful experience when I’m at 100 percent, which I expect to be for my next performance.
RingTV.com: Did you ever feel Miranda’s power?
We saw some of the things that he’s been doing and some of the ways that we could counter him and that’s what we did.
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