Mark Magsayo won the WBC title against Gary Russell Jr.

Mark Magsayo is the new WBC featherweight champion, but Gary Russell Jr fought injured and less than 100%. What is left of him?

The writing on the wall before Gary Russell Jr entered the ring against Mark Magsayo at Borgata in Atlantic City on Jan. 22. Russell was in the under 100% featherweight title fight, and it showed.

Russell’s six-year and ten-month reign as WBC featherweight champion is over. Magsayo won the decisive 12 innings inferior to impressive fashion. Not so much that Magsayo won the battle while Russell lost the battle.

Magsayo has all the physical advantages going into this match. At 26, he is seven years younger than Russell and has outstanding height and strength. He is also healthy and in shape, while Russell is not.

A few days before the fight, Russell admitted DAZN . boxing show (h/t that he suffered a “minor injury.” He lost weight on his first try. Russell hit the 126-pound limit on his second attempt, but he didn’t look nearly as healthy as usual.

Russell entered the ring to fight Magsayo, looking defiant. His normally toned body looked less prominent, and he missed a step in the first rounds. Magsayo got off to a good start hitting Russell with multiple hits to the right.

Gary Russell Jr fought most of his title fights with Mark Magsayo with one arm, which is why Magsayo is the new WBC featherweight champion

In round 4, Magsayo (24-0, 16 KOs) hit Russell’s right shoulder with his right hand, making Russell wince in pain. While in his corner after the round, the doctor examined Russell’s shoulder, which was clearly damaged. The fight continued, and Russell fought with one arm for the rest of the fight.

Surprisingly, Russell (31-2, 18 KOs) was able to stay in the competition using only his left hand and defending. His southern stance disappointed Magsayo, and he frequently dodged Magsayo’s attacks. Russell can’t dodge everything, but he can dodge any serious damage.

However, Russell looked thin behind his injured shoulder. His reflexes are not as impressive as in the past and he can’t attack much. Russell fought to survive, and he still comes close to it, relying only on Boxing INTELLIGENCE QUOTIENT

Russell’s skills were superior to Magsayo’s, but his body couldn’t bring him to victory. The match went on for a full 12 innings, and the umpires made the majority decision for Magsayo, the new WBC featherweight champion.

Russell admitted after the game that he injured his right shoulder two weeks before the match. He describes it as a flare-up of an old tendon problem. He hadn’t fought for nearly two years and was chosen to fight Magsayo, which didn’t make much sense.

Russell’s knock is his consistent shutdown. To end his dismissal while injured makes no sense and will confuse boxing fans even more. Magsayo is the new champion, but he left a lot to be desired in his performance.

The contest was a failure that injured both boxers to some degree, but Magsayo now has the hardware. The new question is how long can he keep it. Mark Magsayo won the WBC title against Gary Russell Jr.

John Verrall

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