GARY RUSSELL JR returns to BoxNation on Saturday night out to show that fast hands in boxing can win world titles.

The lightning quick American challenges Jhonny Gonzalez for the Mexican KO artist's WBC featherweight title.

Speed can damage and is one trait that can give a fighter a huge advantage when he steps into the ring.

Greats like Muhammad Ali, Roy Jones Jr, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ricardo Lopez, Sugar Ray Robinson and Meldrick Taylor used their rapid fire mitts to such great effect.

But who are the top speed merchants in boxing right now. We name our five fastest hands in boxing.

 

5. JORGE LINARES

Jorge Linares

The WBC lightweight champion's inclusion might raise some debate, but the Venezuelan's snappy hands and feet constantly confuse opponents. Speak to those who have seen him train at the Wild Card gym and some say he is faster than Manny Pacquiao.

 

4. MANNY PACQUIAO

Manny Pacquiao 3

He's up against another speedy opponent Floyd Mayweather Jr next, but Floyd is more about timing these days. The Filipino might have slowed a bit recently, but his hands are still quicker than most boxers. If his hands are still blazing, Mayweather Jr could find his '0' in danger.

 

3. AMIR KHAN

Amir Khan 2

The Bolton ace sends fans dizzy watching him when his punches gather speed. Right now, Khan is boxing better than at any stage in his career. He was punch perfect against Luis Collazo and Devon Alexander. One big factor in those impressive American wins were his rapid fire hands that even a slickster like Alexander couldn't answer.

 

2. GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX

Guillermo Rigondeaux 2

Cuba's brilliant world super-bantamweight king has skills and hands that makes him the envy of so many rivals. When he makes rivals miss he dazzles with quickness and counter punching few can match. Watch how he dealt with Nonito Donaire who was meant to be the king of speed.

 

1. GARY RUSSELL JR

Gary Russell Jr

Russell Jr was matched so carefully early doors and there was no shame in losing against Vasyl Lomachenko in his first world title challenge last June. Despite that setback his quickness caused the Ukrainian problems and plenty fancy him to end Gonzalez's reign in Las Vegas. His hand speed and accuracy make it hard for opponents to get off or close even though he is no devastating banger.