By Ken Hissner: At Borgata Hotel Casino, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Saturday via Showtime in conjunction with Premier Boxing Champion Tom Brown (TGB Promotion) and Showtime presented in the Main Event Back After nearly 23 months WBC World Featherweight Champion “Mr. Gary Russell, Jr., defended his title for the sixth time, losing by majority decision to Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo, who finished 2nd undefeated. In the Co-Main Event in the IBF Lightweight Division 2 rematch, Subriel Matias ranked in an all-action match that stopped WBA Continental US champion Petros Ananyan in 9 rounds.
During the main event WBC World Featherweight Champion, “Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr., 31-2 (18), #125 ½, of Capitol Heights, MD, lost the majority decision to Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo, 24-0 (16), #125 ½, of Rizal, Metro Manila, PH, on 12 laps.
In the first round, the taller Magsayo used an effective lead right into nampaw Russell’s chin. In the second and third innings, Magsayo used the upper right key while on the inside against Russell, who mainly used his stab. In the first seconds of the fourth round, Magsayo injured Russell with a shot to the body. The lower Russell seems to lean towards his right shoulder which may have been injured.
In the fifth and sixth rounds, Magsayo continued to dominate the skirmish with Russell rarely using his right hand. In the seventh round, Russell landed several lead hits against Magsayo’s chin. In the eighth round, it was close to Russell landing with a left that led to the body but was counterattacked by a Magsayo just above the chin.
In the ninth inning, Russell was one step ahead of the oncoming Magsayo. After each round, Russell continued to stay in his corner. In the tenth inning, Magsayo started cutting more of the box but Russell’s counter-attack landed well. Magsayo has worked for the body most parts.
In the eleventh round again, it was another close round with Russell counter-attacking with the charging Magsayo. In the twelfth and final inning, Russell landed a double lead on the left several times. Mid-round, Magsayo pinned Russell in the corner and threw several punches to the body. For the rest of the round, Russell counter-attacked well. The referee is Benjy Esteves, Jr.
Scores are 114-114 Carter, 115-113 Consentino and Grant as well as this writer.
In the Co-Main rematch, No. 2 IBF ranked Super Light Subriel Matias, 18-1 (18), #140 ½, of Fajardo, PR, stopped at 13th WBA Petros Ananyan, 16-3-2 (7), #141, of Abovyan, Armenia and LA, CA, after 9 innings of 12 scheduled in an all-out battle.
In the first half, both landed well with Matias having the stronger finish of the two. During the second and third innings, Ananyan landed a kick on Matias’ chin that focused on his body. In the fourth round, Matias came back well in a wild grounding when he had the advantage over Ananyan with a strong finish.
In the fifth inning, Ananyan at the last minute let Matias come upstream with some coordination despite receiving a warning for low hitting from referee Mary Glover. In the sixth round, it was Ananyan who pitted Matias against the ropes for all rounds from both boxers until the bell. In the seventh inning after the third warning for low shots, Matias lost a point. The action continued with Ananyan having Matias up against the wire in the last minute.
In the eighth round, Ananyan controlled with a left hook to Matias’ chin. In the last thirty seconds, Matias landed right on Ananyan’s chin. In the ninth round, Matias was in control and in the final twenty seconds, Matias knocked Ananyan down with a left hook to the chin at 8 counts. Referee Glover gave him more time to re-coup when the bell rang. Ananyan had swelling in both eyes in the corner when the doctor on duty informed referee Glover to stop the game.
After nine innings, this writer had Ananyan leading 85-84.
2012 featherweight Olympic silver medalist Tugstsogt “Turgating King” Nyambayar, 12-2-1 (9), #128, of Mongolia and LA, CA, ended in a split decisive draw with sub-finalist Sakaria Lukas, 25-1-1 (17), #127 ½, of Windhoek, Namibia, more than 10 laps.
During the first round, a monster left hook from Nyambayar to the chin shook Lukas’ head mid-round. In the second round Nyambayar controlled the first half of the round. In the final thirty seconds, Lukas used an effective jab that landed a left hook followed by a triple punch combo to Nyambayar’s chin. In the third round after a minute, Nyambayar landed on the right with a chin-butt while Lukas counter-attacked with a left hook to the chin.
In the fourth inning at midway through Nyambayar, a left hook on Lukas’ chin sent him back several steps. He continued to attack. In the fifth round, Nyambayar unleashed a series of punches. Midway through the round, Nyambayar rocked Lukas with a cut on his right chin. With one minute remaining in the round, Nyambayar hurt Lukas with a punch to the chin that nearly dropped Lukas.
In the sixth and seventh innings, Lukas returned to the fight for the lead landing on Nyambayar’s chin. In the eighth round, Nyambayar left kicking Lukas counterattacked with a jab that looked like a knock but referee Eddie Claudio missed. Lukas seems to have the advantage at the end of the round right.
In the ninth inning, it went back and forth with a powerful Nyambayar finish. In the tenth and final inning after half a minute, Nyambayar had a combination that landed on Lukas’ chin. Lukas returned with his own right to Nyambar chin.
Scores are 96-94 Lukas, 96-94 Nyambayar and 95-95 as well as this writer.
Middle LeShawn “Lightning” Rodriguez, 13-0 (10), #156.5, of Port Jefferson, NY, stopped Sixto Suazo, 9-3-1 (7), #156.5, of Atlanta, GA, in the first round of a scheduled 6 innings.
Feather southpaw Rasheen Brown, 11-1 (7), #124, of Philadelphia, PA, lost to Katsuma “El Cuete Japonecito” Akitsugi, 8-0 (1), #123.5, of Wakayama, JAP and Hollywood, CA, over 6 ring.
Super Welter Evan “Yung Holy” Holyfield, 9-0 (6), #151.5, of Atlanta, GA, beat Chris Rollins, 5-4-1 (4), #151.5, of Charlottesville, VA, over 6 rounds .
The scores are 60-54 and 59-55, respectively.
Announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. In the ring are undefeated Philadelphia boxer WBO & WBC Super Bantam champion Stephen “Cool Boy Steph” Fulton and top IBF contender Jaron “Boots” Ennis.