EXCLUSIVE: Josh Warrington claims deluded Gary Russell Junior thinks he is Floyd Mayweather Junior after rejecting a $1million offer to fight him.
WBC featherweight champ Russell snubbed the offer from Warrington’s promoter Eddie Hearn, claiming the £720,000 purse was “beneath my standards”.
Warrington claims Russell is not big box office and feels the American is trying to cash in.
“He’s unbelievable, I don’t know where he gets it from,” the former IBF champ told Mirror Sport. “A lot of these American fighters seem to want humongous pay cheques when they’re not bringing anything to the table.
“I’ve said it before, they all want to be paid like Floyd Mayweather, but they don’t have the same profile as Floyd Mayweather.
“I don’t think Gary Russell Junior is selling out arenas and selling thousands of tickets, he’s not the biggest of names.
“He knows he’s not got long left. He’s 32, he’s not a young fighter anymore so he probably wants to cash in.”
Hearn is trying to line up a title fight for Warrington after he has his first fight in 16 months against Mauricio Lara on Saturday at The SSE Wembley Arena and the unbeaten Leeds fighter claimed they had agreed a deal with WBA champ Xu Can before the pandemic hit.
“We were originally scheduled to fight Xu Can and then he pulled out for whatever reason, I’m still not to sure,” he said.
“I think it was something about him worried about catching Covid over here. I thought that was laughable. He’s using that as an excuse when he’s not boxer for so long. You’d think he’d be itching to get back.
“But if I come through this one, Eddie is saying the fight could be made quite soon after.”
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