Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
Photo from PBC


Magsayo out to give Russell his second loss, win WBC crown

Mark Magsayo continues to stick to his promise.

The 26-year-old reaffirmed that he will beat Gary Russell Jr. for the World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight championship on Sunday morning (Manila time) at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“I think I’m the fighter who wants to beat him more than anyone else has,” the undefeated Filipino fighter confidently said in the final press conference ahead of the fight.

“I’m here to give him his second loss on Saturday night.”

Magsayo (23-0, 16 KOs) is clearly excited for the bout. And one cannot put the 26-year-old at fault, since it will be his first-ever crack at a world title.

The Tagbilaran-born pugilist earned that shot following a tenth-round knockout against Julio Ceja in an undercard of the Yordenis Ugas-Manny Pacquiao bout back in August of last year at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Russell Jr. (31-1, 18 KOs), though, had previously offered that Magsayo’s win over the Mexican actually exposed ‘some holes in his armor.’ But the latter begs to differ, saying that it only helped him become a better fighter.

Mark-Magsayo-vs-Julio-Ceja-Magsayo-triumphs Magsayo out to give Russell his second loss, win WBC crown Boxing News  - philippine sports news

Photo by Scott Kirkland/Fox Sports/PictureGroup

“I learned a lot from the Julio Ceja fight,” said Magsayo, who actually got put to the mat in the fifth round before coming back for that devastating finisher that was named Knockout of the Year by Premier Boxing Champions.

“I showed that I can adjust, that I can brawl and that I can box when I have to. That fight has helped me so much,” he furthered.

As confident as he is, however, Magsayo reiterated his utmost respect for Russell Jr., who’s been holding the title since 2015.

#ReadMore  Ahanmisi bounces back after scoreless game

In fact, he isn’t buying any of that possible ring rust on the part of the 33-year-old, who last fought in February 2020 that saw him retain the crown by way of a unanimous decision win over Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia.

“Gary is a really good fighter. I’ve wanted to fight him for a long time. Now the opportunity is here and I can’t wait for the fight. I’m not expecting any ring rust from Gary Russell.”

Written By

Oftentimes on the sidelines. Forever a student of the game. Morayta-bred.

You May Also Like


The last Filipino world boxing champion has fallen. Mark Magsayo yielded the World Boxing Council World Featherweight championship to Rey Vargas, dropping a split...


Mark Magsayo feels certain that he wants to put his name in the boxings’ history books. In an interview with The Premiere Boxing Champions...


Will there be a rematch? Talks of which floated just moments after Mark Magsayo took down Gary Russell Jr. to capture the WBC featherweight...


Mark Magsayo becomes no. 45. The 26-year-old native of Tagbiliran City, Bohol became the 45th member of the ultra-exclusive club started by Pancho Villa...


Mark Magsayo showed grit beyond his years. The fighting pride of Tagbiliran City, Bohol outlasted Gary Russell, winning by majority decision (115-113, 115-113, 114-114)...


Mark Magsayo and Gary Russell are all set for the World Boxing Council World Featherweight title clash on Sunday (Manila time). But the American...


Mark Magsayo is entering his first world title bout full of confidence. In fact, the unbeaten 26-year-old out of Tacloban City, Leyte – who...


Gary Russell, Jr. acknowledges the punching power Mark Magsayo possesses. But the World Boxing Championship featherweight king doesn’t see that as a concern when...