MARK “MAGNIFICO” MAGSAYO finally earned a crack at a world title against reigning World Boxing Council featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. of the US.
MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons said the hard work and sacrifice Magsayo underwent for years have finally paid off.
“Mark Magsayo is finally achieving his dream of fighting for the prestigious ‘green belt’ or for the world title,” Gibbons told BusinessMirror over the weekend. “It’s very amazing. Everything has gone perfect for Magsayo after a lot of pain, suffering and ups and downs through his career.”
Gibbons said the date and venue of the 26-year-old boxer Magsayo’s has yet to be determined.
Magsayo (23-0 win-loss record with 16 knockouts) is the WBC’s No. 1 featherweight contender. The Tagbilaran City native won his last three fights in the US—split decision over American Rigoberto Hermosillo last October 3 in Los Angeles, knocking win over Pablo Cruz last April 10 in Connecticut and a spectacular 10th-round knockout win against Mexican Julio Ceja on August 21 in Las Vegas.
The 33-year-old Russell—31 wins (18 knockouts) and one loss—has lorded it over the WBC featherweight division since 2016.
Magsayo arrived in the US in July 2020 and has since been training at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles.