By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*Photo Credit: Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media
Fayetteville, North Carolina (May 2, 2016)– In his first bout in 16 months, middleweight prospect Lamar Russ, AKA ‘The Boxing Que’, needed only 17 seconds to demolish three time world title challenger and 57 bout veteran Antwun Echols on Saturday night, April 30, 2016, at Fayetteville Crown, promoted by One Hit Promotions & Triangle Kickboxing Promotions in Fayetteville, North Carolina, as part of an amateur and professional boxing and kickboxing card called ‘And Still I Rise’. Russ versus Echols was fought at super middleweight. The outcome was clear from the opening bell. Promoter David Moore of One Hit Promotions, who got Russ to appear, and boxing fans in attendance in Fayetteville got exactly that: One hit from Russ. Ta-da.
Russ, 16-2 with eight knockouts, Wilmington, North Carolina, moved forward and landed three punches: a left jab and a left hand jab feint, and followed with an overhand right which knocked out Echols for the full count on ten. This means only seven seconds elapsed before Russ landed the overhand right hand power shot which closed the show. Echols, 32-22-4 with 28 knockouts, Davenport, Iowa, has been knocked out eight times in a row, and has not won a bout since March 2010. Echols should call it a career at age 44 and retire.
Middleweight prospect Lamar Russ was hit by a drunk driver last August 2015, who was going 90 miles per hour. The drunk driver hit Russ in his 2012 Honda Accord from behind, totaling it and causing cuts to the face of Russ, and injuries to his shoulders and lower back. After recovering and returning to the gym, Russ has come back mentally stronger.
A possible 10 round next opponent for Lamar Russ on a DiBella Entertainment card as he continues his comeback could be former middleweight contender Dionisio Miranda of Barranquilla, Columbia, now fighting out of Miami, Florida, 22-15-2 with 19 knockouts. A rematch at 10 rounds with Derrick Findley, 23-19-1 with 15 knockouts, Gary, Indiana, is also possible. Ironically, Findley in 2015 was the last person to defeat Echols before Russ.