Filipino Mark Magsayo defeated American Gary Russell Jr by majority decision after 12 rounds of boxing and is now the new WBC featherweight champion. This bout was the main event of the boxing night organized by Premier Boxing Champions and Showtime at Borgata Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Gary Russell Jr vs Mark Magsayo
Coming into this fight as champion was Gary Russell Jr., with 5 previous effective defenses and looking for his sixth. Magsayo is a promising young fighter who is a friend and apprentice of the legend Manny Pacquiao, and is trained by Freddie Roach and came in as an underdog for this fight.
Only Vasyl Lomachenko had been able to beat Russell Jr, who for this occasion arrived after almost 2 years of inactivity and after going through several problems in his personal life, so it was uncertain the conditions with which he would arrive to this championship fight.
The first 2 rounds of the bout begin as anticipated by Royal Boxing News, that is, Magsayo taking the initiative, pressuring the champion and throwing a good volume of punches. Here we saw the challenger with good combinations to the body and head, very fast and very accurate and although Russell Jr showed good defensive moves, Magsayo was very forceful with his right hand and took advantage of the lack of rhythm of the champion.
The third round was quite even, Russell Jr. began to look in better condition and both boxers appealed for counter punches, showing a lot of speed in their movements.
In the fourth round, Russell Jr. is already in a very good rhythm, but unfortunately for him, after a hard punch from the Filipino, he winces in pain and apparently injures his right shoulder.
In the fifth round, Russell Jr.’s injury is confirmed as it is noticed that he avoids throwing punches with that hand at all and then the fight tends to be dominated by Mark Magsayo. The following rounds belonged to the Filipino who quickly noticed the champion’s condition and without taking many risks he scored points.
Mark Magsayo’s tiredness and the confidence that he probably had the fight in his favor, made him slow down and Russell Jr. took the last rounds, however, it was not enough and the fight ended in favor of the Filipino on the scorecards: 115-113 (x2) and 114-114.
Russell vs Magsayo: main card facts
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Subriel Matias vs Petros Ananyan
Matias wins by RTD in round 9
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Subriel Matias vs Petros Ananyan
The co-main event of the night was undoubtedly the most exciting of the card, as Matias and Ananyan threw punches at each other from start to finish in this fight that was a rematch for the Puerto Rican after Ananyan beat him by decision in their first bout.
The fight took place at 140 lbs and made it clear not only that Subriel Matias is a better boxer than Petros Ananyan, but also that he has a very good boxing level, perhaps enough to face the best in the division, as it should be noted that the Puerto Rican now has 18 KOs in his 18 victories as a professional.
Who would you like to see Subriel Matias fight next?
After the magnificent boxing event that took place in Atlantic City and the surprise in the main event that left us with a new featherweight champion, do you think there should be a rematch for Gary Russel Jr? Well, it is very important to highlight that the boxing of the now former champion was significantly limited by his injury, so a second fight would not only better define the champion, but would give the public a better show.
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