Filipino Boxer Captures WBC Featherweight Title

Filipino boxer Mark Magsayo celebrates after defeating Gary Russell to win the WBC world featherweight crown | IMG Source: AFP/Mitchell Leff

New Jersey, USA — Filipino Mark Magsayo dethroned WBC featherweight champ Gary Russell on Saturday with a majority decision to end the longest championship reign in professional boxing.

According to Rappler, Magsayo succeeded in his first attempt at winning a world title, with two judges scoring the fight 115-113 in his favor and one judge scoring it at 114-114.

“This is my dream since I was a kid,” said Magsayo. “I am so proud of my country. Thank you for the support from Filipino fans. Now I became a world champion.”

Magsayo, who is promoted by Manny Pacquiao and trained by Freddie Roach, improved to 24-0 with 16 knockouts with his upset win.

Magsayo won the WBC title that Russell held for nearly seven years, the longest period a boxer has ever held onto a championship.

The victory places Magsayo among the current ranks of active Filipino boxing world champions Rene Cuarto, Jerwin Ancajas, John Riel Casimero, and Nonito Donaire, Inquirer reported.

Source: Yahoo news, AFP

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