By J. Jala | 04:23 PM January 23, 2022
Tagbilaran’s Mark Magsayo is now the WBC Featherweight champion.
Magsayo’s opponent, Gary Russell Jr., hurt his right shoulder and was essentially forced to fight with one arm.
Mark Magsayo took full advantage and brought enough pressure to edge a compromised Russell by majority decision to become the new WBC world featherweight champion. Judges at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday night saw it 114-114, 115-113 and 115-113 for Magsayo.
“My dream came true,” Magsayo told Showtime’s Jim Gray. “This is my dream since I was a child. I’m so proud I’m a champion now.”
Russell fought Magsayo (24-0, 16 KOs) with only his left hand for eight entire rounds, yet using his accurate left hand just enough and exceptional defense enabled the smart, skillful southpaw to keep their fight very competitive.
The 33-year-old Russell, who hadn’t fought in almost two years, told Showtime’s Jim Gray that he believes he suffered a torn tendon in his right shoulder during the fourth round.
Judges score it 114-114, 115-113 and 115-113 for Magsayo, who wins by majority decision to become the new world champion.