By Michael Woods
Gary Russell Jr is coming off his career best win, last March, against Jhonny Gonzalez, who he stopped out in round four.
That night he snagged the WBC featherweight crown, and put himself on more watch lists, because of his aggressiveness.
Word is he will again be putting the belt on the line, this time against a fan-friendly banger with a gleaming record, Irishman Patrick Hyland.
The 31-1 “Punisher” turned pro in 2004. After a stint as the lead dog in the “Snooki Boxing” pack, he's solidified nicely with promoter Lou Dibella.
The tangle is underneath the Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter welter faceoff in CT March 12.
CBS is the televiser, and Dibella promotes the PBC-branded event.