WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. defends title against Mark Magsayo Live on January 22 – MMA Sports

Native Russell (31-1, 18 KO), Capitol Heights, Maryland, has his WBC featherweight title since 2015 when he stopped multiple division champion Johnny Gonzalez to highlight and capture the belt. Holds. At the age of 33, he is part of the best fighting family of boxing trained by his father Gary Senior, along with his younger brother, undefeated ultra-lightweight Gary Antuanne and undefeated bantamweight Gary Antonio. I’m sharp. Russell won the current featherweight title holder Kiko Martínez through TKO in 2019 and unanimously decided to be former world champion Joseph Diaz Jr. in 2018.

“I was ready and waiting to show my talent and return to the ring,” Russell said. “I’m sure my opponent is one of the sport’s legendary Manny Pacquiao fighters and is on the lookout for talent. I think there’s a reason he signed Magsayo. I know I’m facing someone who is willing to accept everything, get everything, have nothing to lose. “

Philippine sensation Magsayo (23-0, 16 KO) fought in Pasig, Metro Manila, and recently won his career’s best victory in August, the former champion in the 10th round of the battle tracked by scorecards. Knocked out Julio Seha. At the age of 26, he stepped into his first shot at Championship Gold and on January 22nd, his sixth fight in the United States. Magsayo has been trained by Southern California’s Freddie Roach to win a 12-round decision against Shoto Todoroki and Ramiro Robles, in addition to a six-round stop for former title challenger Chris Avalos. ..

“I am very grateful for this opportunity to fight at SHOWTIME for the WBC world title,” Magsayo said. “This is the fight I want and I’ve been working hard for years. I’m coming to win and take full advantage of this opportunity. I’m a must-have challenger Just as there is a reason, there is a reason why Gary is a champion. This will be a great fight to show the world what the Filipinos are made of. By the time I get to this position I’ve come a long way. I’ll fight in honor of everyone who helped me come here. “

Matthias (17-1, 17 KO) aims to revenge his only career loss brought about by the narrow decision that Annan Yang will enter the ring on January 22nd in 2020. From defeat to winning consecutive and impressive wins at SHOWTIME. He stopped the previously undefeated Malik Hawkins in the sixth round in October 2020 and stopped the previously undefeated Batirzanjukenbayev after eight rounds in a May clash. Matthias has stopped the first 15 opponents in the distance, but has not yet decided to win.

“Anyone who knows me knows how much I wanted this rematch,” Matthias said. “I’m very excited to have that opportunity right now. That defeat slowed me down, but I needed to get to where I wanted to be in the end. In this rematch Annan Yang If you don’t win, you still don’t deserve to be a champion. “

33-year-old Annan Yang (16-2-2, 7 KO) made her US debut in December 2019 and lost a majority decision against Kareem Martin after defeating Arkadi Hartunyan in April 2019. I did. Born in Abobian, Armenia, Annanyan of Southern California was undefeated in the first 15 games after turning professional in 2015. Annan Yang decided to set up this rematch on January 22nd, defeating Daniel Gonzalez in October and following his career’s best victory over Matthias.

“I would like to thank the team for giving me the opportunity to show off my skills on national television and prove that my victory over Subriel Matías last year was not a fluke,” Anayanan said. “Like our first fight, the rematch will be Barn Burner. I’m very confident that I’ve resumed training in the US and have great sparring at the camp. January 22, Matthias. Defeat again. “

Nyanbayar (12-2, 9 KO) won a silver medal representing his native Mongolia at the 2012 Olympics and now lives in Southern California and is trained by John Pullman. After a career as an amateur, the 29-year-old surpassed the featherweight rankings after winning undefeated Harmonito de la Torre and former interim champion Oscar Escandon. He won his first world title shot when he defeated former champion Claudio Marrero in January 2019. After that, I lost the championship match with Russell at SHOWTIME. Nyanbayar will return to featherweight after challenging the top 130-pound Chris Colbert in the July contest.

“This is a great opportunity for me on January 22nd,” Nyambayar said. “I’m excited to be ready to return to the ring. This will be a great show from top to bottom, and I’m looking to offer another great fight for the fans. This is It will be a battle from the first bell, and I am confident that I will win. “

From East Los Angeles, Pasillas (16-1, 8 KO) returns to action in January of SHOWTIME in the hands of Ra’eese Aleem to recover from his first career defeat. Pasillas returned to featherweight on January 22nd, most recently knocking out the then undefeated Ranfis Encarnacion in six rounds in September 2020. Pasillas had impressive power and rode six knockout streaks in a match against Aleem.

“I have a redemption in my heart and when I step into the ring with Nyanbayar, I’m ready to bounce off with a great performance,” Pasila said. “My best performance was featherweight, and I’m much stronger at this weight. I’m very happy that my team gave me this opportunity. Everyone sees the difference in this fight. I’m hungry and stronger than ever. “

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