Filipino Magsayo captures WBC featherweight title

Filipino Mark Magsayo dismissed WBC featherweight champ Gary Russell on Saturday with a bulk choice to end the longest champion reign in expert boxing.

The 26-year-old unbeaten Magsayo won on points on 2 of the 3 judges’ scorecards as he handed Russell his very first defeat considering that 2015. 2 judges had 115-113 for Magsayo while the other scored it even, 114-114.

“This is my dream since I was a kid,” stated Magsayo. “I am so proud of my country. Thank you for the support from Filipino fans. Now I became a world champion.”

Magsayo, who is promoted by fellow Filipino Manny Pacquiao and trained by Freddie Roach, enhanced to 24-0 with 16 knockouts with his upset win.

Russell battled with a hurt shoulder Saturday which lowered him to a one-handed fighter for most of the contest at the Borgata Hotel and Gambling Establishment in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“I hit him with some good shots in the third round and that is why he got hurt,” stated Magsayo. “I got him hurt a lot.”

Magsayo made the title shot with a sensational knockout of Julio Ceja in an August title remover.

Russell, 33, was making simply his 6th title defense. He has a credibility of combating moderately which suggests he is required to deal with obligatory oppositions nearly each time he battles. He didn’t safeguard in 2015 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Unlike a number of the obligatory oppositions Russell has actually dealt with over the previous couple of years, Magsayo showed to be a legitimate competitor.

Some ranking firms had actually currently begun getting rid of Russell from their lists since he typically battles simply as soon as a year.


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.