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Mark Magsayo Stuns Gary Russell Jr., Claims WBC Title

With a decision victory this past weekend, Mark Magsayo became the WBC champion and ended Gary Russell's long run.

Mark Magsayo pulled an upset this past weekend, topping Gary Russell Jr.

Magsayo claimed the WBC featherweight title with a majority decision over Russell. The bout headlined the Showtime card from Bogata in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In the co-main event, Subriel Matias finished Petros Ananyan. Also, Tugstsogt Nyambayar and Sakaria Lukas battled to a split draw.

Magsayo, a protege of Manny Pacquiao, improved to 24-0 with the win. He ended the longest male championship run by handing Russell just his second career loss in 33 fights.

“This is my dream come true,” said Magsayo. “Ever since I was a kid, this was my dream. I’m so proud that I’m a champion now. Thank you so much to the Filipino fans for the support.”
 
Russell appeared to injure his shoulder throwing a short right hand and immediately winced in pain and retreated from the action. Russell was able to re-adjust his game plan and had success focusing solely on variations of his left hand. He slowed down the action and landed a number of clean shots to keep Magsayo at bay in a display of ring generalship, but it wasn’t enough to win over the judges.  
 
“I believe I have a torn tendon in my right shoulder,” said Russell. “I haven’t competed in almost two years. This is what true champions do. I wanted to step into the ring and display my superiority regardless of the injury.
 
“I hurt the shoulder about two weeks ago,” continued Russell. “But I went through with the fight because I’m a true champion and this is what warriors do. I’m going to fight regardless of what the situation is. I refuse to not compete and display my skillsets to my fans and the people that came out to show support and love. Please believe that I will be back. I still want these fights.”

 

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