Mark Magsayo challenges WBC champ Gary Russell Jr. on January 22 | Inquirer Sports

Mark Magsayo challenges WBC champ Gary Russell Jr. on January 22

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 04:01 PM December 08, 2021
–Mark Magsayo (R) of the Philippines

FILE–Mark Magsayo (R) of the Philippines after the WBA Featherweight Title Eliminator boxing match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 21, 2021. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines—Mark Magsayo’s first world title shot will be on January 22 as the unbeaten Filipino and WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. clash in a Showtime Championship Boxing main event, as per boxingscene.com.

The venue, however, is still being finalized as of posting.

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Magsayo (23-0, 16KOs) was tapped as the mandatory challenger by the World Boxing Council after his spectacular knockout of Julio Ceja last August.

Russell (31-1, 18KOs) has held the WBC crown since stopping Jhonny Gonzalez in 2015, but the Washington DC native has only defended his title five times since then.

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The showdown with Magsayo will be Russell’s first since February of last year when he beat Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia via unanimous decision.

The 26-year-old Tacloban City, Leyte native, who is under MP Promotions and is mentored by Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach, is WBC’s No. 2 contender.

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