Undefeated boxer Gary Russell Jr. has declined advances by rapper/promoter 50 Cent to join his SMS promotional boxing team.
Russell has this to say about his interactions with 50 Cent:
“Over the last few days, we’ve been getting a number of phone calls from 50 Cent. They want us to sign with their camp.”
“I don’t have anything against his team, but we are not interested. I have a manager, Al Haymon, and he is the only person I’m signed with.”
50 Cent has signed Yuriorkis Gamboa, Billy Dibs, Andre Dirrell, Luis Olivares, and Donte Strayhorn. The roster lacks the star power and high profile names that 50 cent was hoping for but it is only a year old and 50 Cent is showing how aggressive he is in expanding his team.
Russell Jr. seems extremely happy with his manager Al Haymon and benefits greatly from their relationship with Golden Boy Promotions. We should still keep an eye on 50 cent and the direction he takes SMS Promotions in the near future. He hasn’t failed in many business ventures and it doesn’t seem as though he’d be content with letting this one get away from him.