Gary Russell Jr finally returns. But can he make the most of his talent?

Gary Russell Jr returns after two years to face the vibrant Magsayo, writes Matt Christie

On Saturday night, in a match that would be billed as a comeback for everyone else, Gary Russell Jr finished his last hiatus when he faced off against undefeated Filipino Mark Magsayo at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City.

Russell Jr. has been inactive for two years. Before 2020, he fought only once a year. He insists that the lack of work because he only wants to fight the best and the best does not want to fight him. Honestly, when a belt-carrier is as inconspicuous as Russell Jnr — and there are lists of less talented but more lucrative titles to target — it’s no surprise that no one names him. Some would say Russell, who is now 33 and is unranked by the BN team for being laid off, has only himself to blame. Others might point to split tournaments and explain that such scenarios are inevitable. In fact, when the fighter with the WBC belt – presumably the biggest belt ever – struggles to find an opponent, nothing can be right.

No matter what you think of the reason, Russell struggled to make the most of his great talent. In 2014, he was competitive, losing 12 matches with Vasily Lomachenko 1-1. The following year he suspended Johnny Gonzalez to win his WBC belt. In 2016, he defended Patrick Hyland (rsf 2), Oscar Escandon was suspended in seven in 2017, Joseph Diaz found himself properly convicted 12 months later, Kiko Martinez was the next victim in 2019 (rsf 5) and in his most recent case . In February 2020, Russell returned to make his mandatory decision, Tugstsogt Nyambayar.

“Fans want to see the best fight better,” Russell said. boxing news. “I was trying to fight unification battles but none of them wanted my warriors. When Shakur Stevenson was a hero he didn’t want my warrior. When I tried to fight a fight with Josh Warrington, he didn’t want to fight me…None of them were willing to come this way… I would like to be more active but I don’t want to dilute this sport with C-fighting and Class D fighters. I’m a real competitor and I want a real challenge.”

His next opponent is a decent challenge in many ways but is hardly known outside of the toughest hardcore. Ranked 10th in featherweight by BN (although he’s 3rd with WBC), the 26-year-old is an exciting talent but not exactly the kind of name the fast South Russell craves.

Life was not easy for the Russell family. Two of Russell’s brothers died, one was killed, and the other died. Two other brothers are professional fighters, and he is highly regarded for that. Father and coach, Gary Russell Snr, who coaches the three who grew up to be boxers and one of the sport’s good guys, had one of his feet amputated last month due to complications from type 2 diabetes.

The camp was hectic,” Russell said in a virtual press conference. “Bobs has been dealing with amputation…He’s my coach and so is my dad. I’ve been training myself somewhat. My dad, his health isn’t the best, so he’s into the gym as often as he can. But we grind, man. No complaints, no whines. We’ll get to him” .

Russell insists that his father will be present in the fight but will not work in the corner. This is likely the responsibility of Gary Allen Russell Jenner and Rodrigo Mosquera.

The intricacies behind the scenes couldn’t help preparing it. He cannot continue to be idle. It makes this fight – like all Russell Jenner fights – somewhat difficult to predict because we don’t have a modern format to go on. All we have is his last flight, which happened before the worldwide lockdown was imposed; The proverb has been around since age. Add that Russell Jnr is a featherweight and rarely weighs above 30, and it’s fair to wonder if we’ve already seen his best.

However, Magsayo appears to be entering his heyday years. In August, he knocked out Julio Sega in 10th place after exchanging knockouts with the Mexican opponent. Magsayo started fast, dropping Ceja in the first, but seemed to do it himself when he fell to the ground in the fifth round. Passing the test of intuition, and making the most of Second Wind in the process, should be a warning to Russell about his opponent’s ambition.

The underdog was signed 11/4 by his idol, Manny Pacquiao, last year and beat Sega on the bottom card in the legend’s final battle – defeat to Yordenis Ogas. As a teenager, he had a WBO belt tattooed on his left arm after seeing Pacquiao flexing that organization’s belt. It has since been signed by his wife, a 10-year-old tattoo artist to Mark. Frances is Magsayo’s “task officer,” telling her husband when to train and what to eat.

“I am ready to become the next face of Filipino boxing,” he said. “I am not the next Manny Pacquiao but I want to follow in his footsteps. I want to make my own name.”

His style is not unlike Pacquiao but he’s not nearly as mobile. Thus, he can be encountered while admiring his work and is guilty of loading almost every punch. Regardless, it’s still a work in progress and the amount of shots he throws may reveal the belt carrier’s lack of matching practice.

So, the annoyance should not be overlooked or ignored when betting. But after seeing the smooth and safety-first Russell Jr. flourish on a strange occasion in which he fought at the top level, he must be the choice. This may turn out to be Magsayo’s next party, but for now, we’re going with the proven quality and superior ring intelligence of Russell to win a live showdown on points.

There are outings for potential clients Subriel Mathias, Lechon Rodriguez and Evan Holyfield on the bottom card.

judgment Russell Jr.’s inactivity gives Magsay a strong chance in this interesting competition.

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