NEW PINOY RING HERO: Mark Magsayo beats Gary Russell to win WBC featherweight belt

Filipino boxer Mark Magsayo clinched the World Boxing Council featherweight belt after dethroning American Gary Russell Jr. with a majority decision win at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday, January 22 (Sunday, January 23, Manila time).

Unbeaten Mark Magsayo snatches WBC title from Gary Russell

Two judges scored the bout 115-113, the other judge had it tied at 114-114. With the victory, Magsayo kept his immaculate record intact at 24-0.

Russel is the  longest active champion , who held the WBC title since March 2015.

Russell’s record dropped to 31-2.

Magsayo now joins Jerwin Ancajas, Nonito Donaire, and Johnriel Casimero in the growing list of Filipino world champions.

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