Pinoy boxer Mark Magsayo (right) connects a solid hit on Gary Russell’s face during their WBC featherweight title fight at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday (Philippine time). SHOWTIME BOXING PHOTO
MANILA — Filipino boxer Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo proved too hot to handle for Gary Russell Jr. and the American relinquished his diadem via majority decision of World Boxing Council (WBC)’s featherweight at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday (Philippine time).
The new Filipino champ had it so good that one judge scored 114-114, while the other two scored 115-113 in favor of Magsayo, who effectively ended the almost seven-year reign of Russell Jr. in the 126-pound class.
“This is my dream. My dream came true. I’m so proud I’m a champion now. Thank you for the Filipino fans and the Filipinos here,” said Magsayo in the post-fight interview.
Magsayo started out strong even as he dictated the tempo in the early rounds of their title tiff.
Packing utmost determination and aggressiveness, Magsayo landed solid punches on Russell including uppercuts and body shots en route to lording it over in the WBC featherweight class.
Russell Jr., unfortunately, hurt his right shoulder in the fourth round that practically rendered him a one-hand fighter for the rest of the way. (ai/mtvn)