Gary Russell Jr. defending against Mark Magsayo this Saturday, Jan.22 in Atlantic City

by Ken Hesner: Next Saturday, Showtime Championship WBC World Featherweight Champion Gary “Mr.” Russell Jr. will battle his sixth title defense against undefeated Filipino Marc Magcio at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This is the Tom Brown (TGB Promotions) event.

Russell is one of three active siblings in the family, while the other two are undefeated. Gary Antonio Russell was the 2013 National Golden Gloves champion. As a professional, Russell is 19-0 with 12 stops. In his last game on November 17, 2021, he won by majority decision by Alexandro “Pique” Santiago, 24-3-5 (13), of Tijuana, Mexico, over ten rounds, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In his previous match, Russell faced one of the top 9-ranked WBA contenders over WBA seed Emmanuel Rodriguez, 19-2; After just 0:16 seconds, an accidental head stern caused Rodriguez to be unable to continue. This happened at Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson, California, in August.

In the fight prior to this, Russell’s match also ended via the back of a cross header in the seventh round despite it occurring in the fifth. And he was two-times 59-55 and 58-56 ahead of Dominican Juan Carlos Baiano, 21-5, of Miami, Florida.

Russell is currently ranked #2 by the WBA and #9 by the IBF. He turned pro in January 2015, winning his first six games over Rudolph Hedge, 10-3-3, over six rounds at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In his 12th game in August of 2018, he scored a thrilling first-round knockout over Nick Otieno, 31-14, at the Minneapolis Armory, in Minneapolis, MN.

Follow Russell with the sixth round stoppage for Jose Maria Cardenas, 16-3, at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York.

The active third Russell is the unbeaten Gary Antoine Russell, who represented the United States at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He won the first two matches before losing to Uzbekistan’s Fazluddin Gilpnazarov 2-1, who won the gold medal. The latter is currently 9-1 as a pro.

Russell won three out of four over current WWF welterweight competitor Yaron “Boots” Ennis. He turned professional in May of 2017, scoring his ninth straight stop to knock out Nicaragua’s Marcos “Bombardero” Mujica, 16-3-2, in four rounds at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York.

After two fights, Russell scored a major first-round knockout over Mexican Luis Ronaldo “Loco” Castillo, 20-4, at Rabobank Theater in Bakersfield, California. In his last game, Giovanni “El Lobito” Santiago of Puerto Rico, 14-1-1, at the end of six rounds at Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson, Calif., in May of 2021. The stops.

Back on Saturday’s Showtime show, the joint feature has a rematch showing Puerto Rico Sobriel Mathias, 17-1 with 17 stops, whose undefeated streak was interrupted in February 2020 by the Armenian Saturday opponent Petros Ananlian, 16-2-2, outside Los Angeles, California.

Since defeating Matthias, he has racked up two consecutive victories by stopping over a pair of 18-0 opponents. In October, Hawkins’ owner suspended, after six rounds at Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut. In his last match, Batyrjan Zhukimbayev stopped Kazakhstan outside of Canada in 8 rounds.

In another 10 matches, Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayar Mongolia, 12-2 (9), attempted to bounce back the bag from defeat in his last match against Sakaria “Desert Storm” Lukas of Namibia, 25-1 (17), over ten rounds.

The rest of the bottom card was stacked by a young talent in the eight-round bantamweight superstar Abimael Ortiz, 9-1-1 (5), of Puerto Rico, with Ryan “Stone” Lee Allen, 10-5-1, of Las Vegas, Nevada.

There will be three round players with LeShawn “Lightning” Rodriguez, 12-0 (9), of Port Jefferson, New York, with Sixto Suazo, 9-2-1 (7), of Atlanta, Georgia. Philadelphia’s featherweight Rashin Brown, 11-0 (7), defeated Japan’s Katsuma “El Cuete Japonecito” Akitsuji, 7-0 (1), outside of Hollywood, California.

In the opening bout, the son of former heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield is super welterweight Evan “Young Holly” Holyfield, 8-0 (6), of Atlanta, Georgia, to face Chris Rollins, 5-3-1 (4) , from Charlottesville, Virginia.

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