‘I Beat’ Magsayo 10 to 2, claims robbery

by Alan Fox: WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. believes he did enough to deserve his 10-2 or 9-3 unanimous decision win over rival Magsayo last Saturday night at the Borgata Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Russell (31-2, 18 KOs) claims he was shocked when the judges’ results revealed that Magsayo (24-0, 16 KOs) had won by 12-round KOs, because he felt he outdid the opponent in every  division.

The judges scored a Magsayo fight based on his edge over Russell in rounds 1-4 and 9-12. In those rounds, 33-year-old Russell Jr. failed to get enough punches to convince the judges he deserved to win it.


It’s a bitter pill for Russell Jr. to swallow his 126-pound WBC title loss after being champion for seven years from 2015 to 2022.

Ultimately, a right shoulder injury that Russell Jr. sustained during training camp affected his performance last night, preventing him from making his shots.

Russell Jr says he deserves to win

“I beat this boy 10 rounds to 2, 9 to 3, man‘, said Gary Russell Jr. Al Murr on social media after losing to Magsayo. “I took the boy to school. You saw what he was like.

“They were trying to get it [bleep] out of the way. I was [bleep] Two weeks before camp. To be honest with you, I outdid him, came from him in school, and beat him with one arm. I got a torn tendon in my ***.

Russell Jr. said: “I knew my arm was hurt during the fight. I already mentioned I had an incoming injury, but I didn’t want to reveal the injury.

“I think I beat him and beat him by at least 9 rounds to 3, or 10 rounds to 2,” said Russell Jr. believing he deserved a wide decision to beat compulsory contender Magsayo.

Gary is surprised by the judges’ decision

“It wasn’t Plan-B or Plan-C. I just knew my skill set was much better than his,” Russell Jr. said of Magsayo. “He couldn’t hit me. I was able to take my shots at will whenever I wanted to punch. I was able to control the real estate whenever I wanted to.

Gary Russell Jr. Boxing photo and news photo

“When he wanted to fire any shots, I would slip, choke him and put away any effective shot he tried to try to throw. My general process in the ring and my boxing savvy spoke for themselves.

“I wonder what the fans would say about this? I wonder what the fans would say about what the judges were saying because I’m sure a lot of fans would disagree?

“Of course, I was surprised by the decision, but I am a warrior. I refuse to postpone this fight after nearly two years of demobilization. I wanted to get back out there and display my skill set, and I think I did it with one arm and a strong opponent.”

“Like I said, 10 rounds to 2, 9 rounds to 3 rounds,” Russell Jr. said of his assertion that he deserved a wide decision on Magsayo.

No regrets fighting with injury

When Russell Jr. was asked if he regretted fighting Magsayo with a previous injury to his right shoulder, he said, “I don’t regret it because I have to show the fans what I can really do.”

“I’m a real champion. I don’t regret it. I think there will be a lot of fans who will be disappointed with the decision the way the judges called it.

Gary Russell Jr. Boxing photo and news photo

“It would also be a lot of people saying, ‘Hey, Gary is definitely the truth. I really think I won the fight nine to three rounds, and ten rounds to two. He couldn’t touch me. The small scars I have here were from the back of the head.

Russell Jr. said, “He took a real two clean shots throughout the fight I could think of. I beat him, beat him, and shove him forward all the way.”

Well, I’m going to beat this **worse than I did tonight,” Russell Jr. said when asked what he would do in the rematch with Magsayo. “We are definitely trying to see if we can replay the match.

Russell the son on his shoulder looking at him

Of course, I would definitely understand that,” Russell Jr. said of his shoulder problem. “It was an injury that haunted me for a long time. Before the Olympics, they wanted me to go and have surgery. I refused to go for surgery and go under the knife.

“They told me I would be able to strengthen and protect the muscles around it. That’s what I’ve been able to do throughout my career. I hurt two weeks from today.

“If you pay attention to some of my interviews, you can actually see me wearing a sling in some of my interviews. That little white thing on my shoulder. I was really keen on being able to see my arm in the sling, but you can see this little white thing across my shoulder in some your interviews.

Ready to rise weight to 135

“I can go up [in weight]. I always said I could go up and fluctuate my weight, as long as I was able to compete against a champ. It was some of the best ordeals. What is life without adversity?

“The same people I wanted. When Russell Jr. was asked who would want to fight if his weight went up to 135, Gerfonta said “Tank” Davis or a rematch with Vasily Lomachenko.

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