Talented unbeaten featherweight contender and 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell Jr. and five 2012 U.S. Olympians will be featured on Night of the Olympians this FridayNov. 9, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino inIndio, Calif.


So what kind of pro careers will the Olympians fighting this Saturday go on to have?  Russell, of course, is off to an excellent start.  For the others, you’ll have to stay tuned.

Below is ShoBox expert analyst and boxing historian Steve Farhood’s Top 10 list of the U.S. Olympians since 1976 who accomplished the most as professionals:


1Sugar Ray Leonard: Beat Thomas HearnsWilfred BenitezRoberto Duran and Marvin Hagler, and won titles from welterweight to light heavyweight.  The best fighter I’ve ever covered.

2Floyd Mayweather: Has rarely been challenged, much less beaten. The last man to defeat him: Serafim Todorov at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta .

3Pernell Whitaker: Defensive wizard Whitaker is among greatest lightweights of all time.  His crowning achievement was domination of Julio Cesar Chavez (though judges called the fight a draw).

4Roy Jones Jr.: Virtually untouchable in his prime.  He was such a special talent that he rose to heavyweight and won a share of that world title.

5. Oscar De La Hoya: Carried boxing on his golden shoulders.  Fought everyone from Chavez to Mayweather to Bernard Hopkins, and won titles at six weights.

6Evander Holyfield: Amazing overachiever was the best cruiserweight in history and went on to beat Riddick Bowe andMike Tyson at heavyweight.

7Michael Spinks: Forget the loss to Tyson at heavyweight; he was a brilliant boxer and huge right-hand puncher in a lengthy reign at 175 pounds.

8. Andre Ward: Already in the top two or three of today’s pound-for-pound rankings.  He has the potential to rise even higher.

9Michael Carbajal: It’s not easy for a 108-pounder to be named Fighter of the Year, but Carbajal did so.  He raised the profile of the lighter weights as much as any other fighter.

10. Virgil Hill: A master boxer who enjoyed a pair of reigns as light heavyweight champion.  He was beaten only once, by Hearns, during an awesome 10-year title run.


Russell Jr. (20-0, 12 KO’s), of Capitol Heights , Md. , will face Roberto Castaneda (20-2-1, 15 KO’s) in the Saturday’s ShoBox10-round main event.


The five 2012 U.S. Olympians – heavyweight Dominic Breazeale, of Anaheim, Calif., cruiserweight Marcus Browne, of Staten Island, N.Y., super middleweight Terrell Gausha, of Cleveland, Ohio, junior middleweight Errol Spence, of Desoto, Texas, and bantamweight Rau’Shee Warren, of Cincinnati, Ohio  will box in four-round pro debut fights.


Breazeale takes on Curtis Tate (4-3, 4 KOs), of Oakland, Tenn., Browne will meet Codale Ford (2-0), of Fort Gibson, Okla., Gausha will face Dustin Caplinger (2-3, 1 KO) of Chillicothe, Ohio, Spence will be opposed byJonathan Garcia (3-3, 1 KO), of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and Warren collides with Luis Rivera of Ponce, Puerto Rico (1-2).


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