WBC Featherweight World champion Gary Russell Jr will be looking to impress ones again against WBC mandatory challenger Mark Magsayo in the headlining bout of a Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions event, which will take place on Saturday 22nd of January at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.
The fight will serve as the headlining bout of a triple header, which will be supported by an anticipated rematch between Subriel Matias and Petros Ananyan. The live telecast will begin at 9pm ET with a knockout promising 10 round action between featherweights Tugstsogt Nyambayar and Vic Pasillas.
Tom Brown, President of TBG Promotion had no choice but to compliment Russell Jr. for the accomplishments and his dominance in the division but also gave accolades to Magsayo, who has displayed power and resilience in his rise in the division.
“Gary Russell Jr. has been a force in the featherweight division for years with his dazzling skills and will again defend his title against a hungry and powerful up-and-coming opponent when he duels Mark Magsayo live on Showtime on Saturday, January 22,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Magsayo earned this fight with an impressive 10th-round knockout of Julio Ceja in August and he will be looking to show that he’s the future of the 126-pound division, by knocking off the long-reigning featherweight king in Russell, who has proven worthy of his top spot with his five successful title defenses. Combined with two all-action undercard showdowns, this shapes up to be an electric night of boxing in Atlantic City.”
Russell (31-1, 18 KOs) plans displaying his speed and power again in the defence of the WBC title, which he has held since 2015, when he knocked out Jhonny Gonzalez to win the title. Trained by his father Gary Sr., who has also grown to become a big figure in the Boxing world with notable accomplishments in the life of his other children and Russell’s younger Brothers unbeaten super lightweight Gary Antuanne and undefeated bantamweight Gary Antonio.
Russell has some great names on his list, which includes current title holder Kiko Martinez, former world champion Joseph Diaz Jr. in 2018 and defeated with a decision unbeaten Tugstsogt Nyambayar back in February 2020.
Magsayo (23-0, 16 KOs) is riding on the back of the biggest win of his professional career, a 10th round knockout victory over former champion Julio Ceja. Magsayo will be making his sixth US appearance and in addition to Ceja win, has a stoppage victory over former title challenger Chris Avalos, decisions over Shoto Hayashi and Ramiro Robles.