Via Mark Eisner: WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr will fight tonight against the future 126 lb youngster Mark Magsayo on Showtime at the Borgata Hotel Casino, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Boxing News 24 will update the results of the match between Russell Jr. with. Magsayo tonight below.
33-year-old Russell Jr (31-1-1, 18 KOs) not only made this dangerous bout after being sacked for two years but he also revealed he will enter the competition with an injury. .
It’s not clear why Russell revealed he was injured ahead of time, but some believe he wants to be handed a pass by boxing fans if he loses or looks less likely to win.
By letting fans know that he is defending against the undefeated 26-year-old Magsayo (23-0, 16 KOs) with an injury, it leaves him with a slight handicap in their eyes.
Russell fighting injured
“The last time you resisted [Tugstsogt] Nyambayar, he’s a really tough challenger. Guys like that always upset the champions,” said Max Kellerman above Max on boxing in Gary Russell Jr’s final title defense in 2020.
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“You defeated him [Nyambayar], you beat Joseph Diaz, Kiko Martinez. You fight a lot of good boxers, even if they’re not all franchises for the casual fan, right?
“This guy [Magsayo] slightly different from Nyambayar]. He has strength like Nyambayar, but he has some fast twitches [fibers] too, and he’s undefeated and hungry.
“Gary, you have revealed and haven’t said what it is, that you were slightly injured participating in this fight. First of all, let me back up. Why do you say go to war? Usually, boxers say so then. Why are you giving now? ” Kellerman told Russell Jr.
Russell Jr said: “I am a true champion. “I have never fought 100%, to be honest with you.
“I’ve never been in teamfights 100%, but I’m a true champion no matter you get knocked down or whatever, I haven’t been in the ring for almost two years.
“I would love to come back here to showcase my skills, talents and abilities with what I bring to the sport. Why not?” Russell Jr.
Gary was dodged by top boxers
“Gary, when you were a prospect, you were criticized a bit or your father was very careful with the way he guided you and the kind of competition you are facing.
“It’s not your fault that we are so much better than the snake people sometimes, you blow them away. Lately, what people notice is that you don’t fight often.
“It’s like once a year if we’re lucky we get to watch you guys fight. Why do you only fight once a year? You’ve made six title defenses, but that’s only once a year,” Kellerman said in speaking the truth about Russell Jr.’s inactivity.
Russell Jr said, “Because it’s very hard to get these guys in the ring to compete with me,” It’s not up to me.
“I talked a lot about my will to compete and waver with my weight and gain weight to compete with these guys. They weren’t in a hurry to get into the ring to compete with me. That’s it, that’s all,” said Russell Jr.
Scale lost the match against Lomachenko
“In the meantime, you’ve got one loss on your record. That was for Vasily Lomachenko back in 2014,” Kellerman said of Russell Jr.’s sole career loss. “I remember when his camp said he was fighting with you.
“I said, ‘I don’t know if you want Gary Russell right now,’ but I know it’s a majority decision for him. [Lomachenko], but I think he dominated the fight.
“I also think you went to school in that fight, and it makes you a better professional boxer. What did you learn against Lomachenko? “Kellerman said.
“Honestly, I didn’t learn anything in the fight when it came to him,” Russell Jr said with conviction that he learned nothing after the loss to Lomachenko.
“What I learned was that the whole eight weeks of training camp was down 5 pounds,” says Russell. “When I got down there, I was really overweight.
“So I was actually six and a half kilos overweight, and we had to lose weight before the game was decided.
“If I had the information now, I wouldn’t have lost all that weight, and I wouldn’t have suffered from fatigue and fatigue. I still have the energy to be able to go out and perform,” said Russell Jr.