SPOKANE, Wash. – Everyone knows Gary Russell.
Gary boxes all across the country and this week he's at the USA National Boxing Championship right here in the Inland Northwest. Gary is 16 years old, 132 pounds and he grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. Gary says boxing is like a chess match. He says he always brings his best move so today Gary Russell brought Gary Russell.
You see, there is more than one Gary Russell. There are seven Gary's. Gary Senior is the coach and all the rest are his boys.
"My wife and I had attempted to have kids, but my wife had a miscarriage," Gary Russell Senior said. "We then made a pact, she and I, if we had a boy we'd name it after me."
They had six boys so now there are six more Gary Russell's and he made sure that all of them were around the sport of boxing because he believes boxing builds character, and that's important growing up in an often dangerous D.C.
"On the streets of DC especially when you have Afro American kids they're subject to a lot of peer pressure on the streets, there's bullying, there's a lot of drug activity," Gary Senior said.
Gary also said there are a lot of gangs, so that's why he's thrilled the only gang his kids belong to is a gang of Gary's.
Two of them are competing in the USA National Boxing Championships this week. One Gary is out, the other is still alive. Gary Russell boxes tomorrow.