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Who won Russell Jr vs Magsayo?
Mark Magsayo beat Gary Russell Jr by majority decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 22nd January 2022 at Borgata Hotel Casino in New Jersey.
The scorecards were announced as 114-114, 113-115, 113-115 in favor of winner Mark Magsayo.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 126 pounds (9 stone or 57.1 KG).
This contest was for the WBC featherweight championship of the world.
Also, on the undercard Tugstsogt Nyambayar was victorious over Sakaria Lukas and Subriel Matias beat Petros Ananyan.
Russell Jr vs Magsayo stats
Back in January 2022, Gary Russell Jr stepped into the ring with a record of 31 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 18 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Mark Magsayo made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 23 wins and 0 draws, with 16 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Magsayo had advantage in power over Russell Jr, with a 70% knock out percentage over Russell Jr's 58%.
Gary Russell Jr was the older man by 7 years, at 33 years old.
Magsayo had a height advantage of 1 inch over Russell Jr. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Gary Russell Jr fought out of the southpaw stance, while Mark Magsayo was an orthodox fighter.
Russell Jr was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 9 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 4 years and 4 months earlier than Magsayo, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 14 more professional rounds, 172 to Magsayo's 158.
Mark Magsayo was ranked number 2 by the WBC, 1 by the WBO and 5 by the IBF in the 126lb division.
Russell Jr vs Magsayo form
Russell Jr had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Tugstsogt Nyambayar on 8th February 2020 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Kiko Martinez on 18th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Barclays Center, New York.
Going into that contest, he had beat Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz on 19th May 2018 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Before that, he had defeated Oscar Escandon on 20th May 2017 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill.
He had won against Patrick Hyland on 16th April 2016 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket.
Magsayo had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Julio Ceja on 21st August 2021 by knockout in the 10th round at T-Mobile Arena, Nevada, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Pablo Cruz on 10th April 2021 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut.
Going into that contest, he had beat Rigoberto Hermosillo on 3rd October 2020 by split decision in their 10 round contest at Microsoft Theater, California.
Before that, he had won against Pungluang Sor Singyu on 31st August 2019 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Bohol Wisdom School Gym, Bohol, Philippines.
He had beat Shota Hayashi on 25th November 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Bohol Wisdom School Gym, Bohol.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Mark Magsayo had been fighting more than Gary Russell Jr.
Going to this contest, Gary Russell Jr had last fought 1 year, 11 months and 14 days ago, while Mark Magsayo's last outing had been 5 months and 1 day ago.
Russell Jr's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 9 months and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 38 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.6 rounds on average.
Magsayo's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 1 month and 28 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 30 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 48 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.6 rounds on average.
What time did Russell Jr vs Magsayo start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at Borgata Hotel Casino, New Jersey, United States, which was around 3:00 AM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Russell Jr vs Magsayo?
Gary Russell Jr was a 9/25 (-280) favourite going into the contest, while Mark Magsayo made his way into the ring at 2/1 (+200) with oddsmakers.