WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr will defend his world title and show off his dizzying hand speed against top contender and WBC mandatory challenger Mark Magsayo in live action. attention on SHOWTIME Saturday, January 22 during a Premier Boxing Champions event from the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® third place tournament begins at 9pm ET / 6pm Pacific Time and features a 12-round rematch between ultralightweight rivals Subriel Matías and Petros Ananyan in the co-main event , plus hard-hitting featherweights Tugstsogt Nyambayar and Vic Pasillas squared-off in the 10-round telematics opening show.
Ticket for the live event, promoted by TGB Promotions, is currently on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com.
“Gary Russell Jr has been a force in featherweight for many years with his dazzling skills and will once again defend his title against a hungry and powerful rising opponent as he against Mark Magsayo live on SHOWTIME on Saturday, January 22,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotion. “Magsayo won this fight with an impressive 10th round knockdown of Julio Ceja in August and he will look to prove he is the future of the £126 division, by beating long-reigning featherweight king Russell, who proved worthy of the top spot with five successful title defenses. Combined with two full-motion closings, this bout turns into a cinematic boxing night in Atlantic City. “
Capitol Heights, Md., Native Russell (31-1, 18 KOs) has held the WBC Featherweight belt since 2015 when he stopped multi-division champion Jhonny Gonzalez to claim the belt. The 33-year-old is one of the top boxing families as he was coached by his father Gary Sr., and is always sharp alongside his younger brothers, undefeated super lightweight Gary Antuanne and real weight loss winner Gary Antonio. Russell owns a win over current featherweight champion Kiko Martinez via TKO in 2019 and a unanimous decision against former world champion Joseph Diaz Jr in 2018. Most recently, Russell defeated Tugstsogt Nyambayar by accident. previously defeated on his way to defending his fifth title in February 2020.
“I’m ready and I’m looking forward to showing my talent and getting back in the ring,” Russell said. “My opponent is one of Manny Pacquiao’s fighters, who is a legend in the sports world and I’m pretty sure he has a good eye for talent. I’m sure he signed with Magsayo for a reason. I know that I am facing a guy who is willing to put everything on the line, with everything to gain and nothing to lose. ”
Shocking the Filipinos, Magsayo (23-0, 16 KOs) fought in Pasig City, Metro Manila and most recently scored the best goal of his career in August knocking out former champion Julio Ceja in the 10th round in the match. matches he tracks on the scoreboard. The 26-year-old fought in the US for the sixth time on January 22 as he entered his first gold medal. Magsayo was coached by Freddie Roach of Southern California and had a decisive 12-round win over Shoto Hayashi and Ramiro Robles, plus a sixth round stop against former title challenger Chris Avalos.
“I am so grateful for this opportunity to fight on SHOWTIME for the WBC world title,” Magsayo said. “This is the fight I want and have worked for for many years. I will come to win and make the most of this opportunity. There’s a reason for Gary to be the champion, just as there’s a reason for me to be the obligatory challenger. This will be a great fight for me to show the world how Filipinos are made. I have come a long way to get to this position and I will fight to honor those who have helped me get here.”
Matías (17-1, 17 KOs) will be looking to avenge his sole career loss, which came from a decision to close Ananyan in 2020, when he enters the ring on January 22. Fighting out of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, his home town, Matías has recovered from defeat to score consecutive impressive wins on SHOWTIME. He stopped the previously undefeated Malik Hawkins in October 2020 in the sixth round and forced the previously undefeated Batyrzhan Jukembayev to retire after eight rounds in their May clash. Matías has stopped his first 15 opponents in the distance and has yet to come to a conclusion.
“Everyone who knows me knows how much I want this rematch,” Matías said. “I am very happy that I am getting that opportunity now. That loss slowed me down, but it was necessary for me to get to the final position I wanted. If I don’t beat Ananyan in this rematch, then I don’t deserve to be crowned champion.”
The 33-year-old Ananyan (16-2-2, 7 KOs) made his US debut in December 2019, losing to Kareem Martin by majority decision after beating Arkadi Harutyunyan in April 2019. Born in Abovyan, Armenia and trained in Southern California, Ananyan was unbeaten in his first 15 games after turning pro in 2015. Ananyan went on to win his career over Matías by defeating Daniel Gonzalez in October approved the decision to hold this rematch on January 22.
Ananyan said: “I would like to thank my team for giving me this opportunity to showcase my skills on national television and to prove that my win over Subriel Matías last year was unlucky. “Like our first match, the rematch will be a battle of wits. I’m back to training in the USA, getting great participation in the camp and I feel very confident. Come January 22, I will beat Matias again”.
Nyambayar (12-2, 9 KOs) won a silver medal representing his hometown of Mongolia in the 2012 Olympics and now lives in Southern California, where he is coached by John Pullman. The 29-year-old was promoted to featherweight after his lengthy amateur career with victories over undefeated Harmonito Dela Torre and former interim champion Oscar Escandon. He won his first world title when he beat former champion Claudio Marrero in January 2019, before beating previous champion Russell on SHOWTIME. Nyambayar returned to the featherweight division after challenging 130-pounder Chris Colbert to a contest in July which he decisively lost.
Nyambayar said: “This is a great opportunity for me on January 22. “I am prepared and very excited to be back in the ring. It’s going to be a great top-to-bottom performance and I’m looking to deliver another great fight for the fans. This will be a battle from the first ring and I am confident that I will win. “
Pasillas (16-1, 8 KOs), who hails from East Los Angeles, will be back in action to recover from his first career loss to Ra’eese Aleem in January on SHOWTIME. Pasillas will return to featherweight on January 22, where he most recently scored a dominant goal in the sixth knockout round against then-undefeated Ranfis Encarnacion in September 2020. Pasillas possesses the power. impressive and are on a six-match knockout streak against Aleem.
Pasillas said: “I have redemption in mind and I am ready to come back with a great performance when I step into the ring with Nyambayar. “My best performance was in featherweight and I’m much stronger in that. I’m so glad my team was able to give me this opportunity. Everyone will see the difference in this fight. Now I’m hungrier and healthier than ever. ”