Few boxers can say they have about as many knockout trophies as they wins, but that is the case with Gastonia, North Carolina’s Rick Russell. Russell’s amateur career spanned between 1977 and 1983. During that time, Russell had 92 wins with 12 losses and half of his wins were by knockout. It’s a fact that Russell was never ever knocked out or stopped in any bout. One of his greatest claims to fame was defeating an all-Marine champion named James McDonald. McDonald went on to meet Michael Spinx for the World Championship.

Russell is a graduate of North Gaston High and attended Gaston College. These days, Russell is self-employed as the owner of Rick Russell Construction in Gastonia.

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