Gary Russell Jr vs Mark Magsayo

Gary Russell Jr. vs Mark Magsayo: Preview and Prediction

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This Saturday, January 22, we will live the great fight between WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr and Filipino Mark Magsayo, who is the number 2 challenger for this organization. The fight will be organized by TGB Promotions at the Borgata Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Check out here the preview of the fight made by Royal Boxing News, and who we see as the favorite to win the fight.

Tale of the Tape

Gary Russell Jr. Mark Magsayo
33
Age
26
Southpaw
Stance
Orthodox
5' 4 1/2" (164 cm)
Height
5' 6" (168 cm)
64" (163 cm)
Reach
68" (173 cm)
31-1-0
Record
23-0-0
56.25
KO%
69.57

American Russell Jr. is the 126 lb. champion and will defend his belt against undefeated Mark Magsayo, who not only shares nationality with the legend Manny Pacquiao but they are also a working team in the gym, as Freddie Roach is in charge of Magsayo’s boxing career.

This bout may seem at first glance designed to bring youth to this weight class and possibly a new champion, as Russell Jr. at 33 years of age seems to be too old to hold his own in this weight division where so much depends on the physical abilities of the boxers.

Likewise, the American has been practically 2 years without stepping into the ring, so it is still a great uncertainty how he will arrive for this fight, because although in social networks he has been seen training with intensity, so much time of inactivity is always a great weight for boxers, even more when in front comes an opponent of such a good level, young and who maintains a fast pace of competition.

The boxing qualities of Gary Russel Jr. should not be discredited in any way, because he is the rightful champion and despite his inactivity he has only one defeat in his professional career, against Vasyl Lomachenko, and he already has 5 effective championship defenses, so there is no doubt that he will arrive in the best conditions to defend his belt.

STYLES

This fight will bring together two boxers with different styles, where Russell Jr.’s speed and Magsayo’s power could stand out as the best tools.

Gary Russell Jr. tends to be a smart boxer, who usually seeks to make the most of his speed through feints to hit with counter punches, for this same reason, he is not usually the one who takes the initiative in his fights, but he knows how to surprise from time to time with good combinations of punches forward, especially with circular punches to the face of his opponent.

On the other side is Mark Magsayo, a young boxer with a strong punch who takes advantage of his age showing a very good physical and cardiovascular conditions, for this reason he is usually the one who constantly lunges forward looking to impact his opponents.

On the other side is Mark Magsayo, a young boxer with a strong punch who takes advantage of his age showing a very good physical and cardiovascular conditions, for this reason he is usually the one who constantly lunges forward looking to impact his opponents.

Gary Russell Jr. has shown in his fights that he has a very good assimilation of punches, not so much Magsayo, who was knocked down in his last fight against Julio Ceja, looking dominated and in bad condition until he managed to connect that combination of punches that surprisingly gave him the victory.

Prediction

At Royal Boxing News we believe that the fight will start with Mark Magsayo taking the initiative, trying to take advantage of the fact that the American champion has been inactive for two years and will most likely struggle to get into a competitive rhythm inside the ring. However, Russell Jr. will most likely be able to get through the first few rounds and start to take control of the tempo of the fight.

Overall, Russell Jr has more boxing tools than Magsayo, and notably more experience as a pro, so he should defend the Filipino’s most dangerous punches well and keep the fight within his strategy.

Gary Russell Jr. looks particularly comfortable taking on taller boxers, as he handles height changes with waist movement very well, finishing off counter punches with speed.

We cannot leave aside that Magsayo has some factors in his favor that are of great impact in the sport and are youth, the pace of competition and his strong punch, which added to the fact that the champion is already 33 years old, and returns after an inactivity of 2 years, make the fight become extremely even and can give to any of the 2 as the winner.

For this reason, at Royal Boxing News we see the odds of the fight very close to 50/50, but we have chosen to give Gary Russell Jr as the winner, mainly because it is more likely that despite his inactivity, his good boxing is still there thanks to his recognized experience as a professional. In the first instance we give Russell Jr by decision, but it is very likely that a KO will fall on either side.

Look the details of the boxing event and where and when watch it. Follow the Final Press Conference of Russell vs Magsayo here

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