Mark Magsayo captures WBC featherweight title

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 23) — Filipino boxer Mark Magsayo can now call himself a world champion.

Magsayo won the WBC featherweight title on Sunday. He dethroned Gary Russell Jr. in an exciting bout held at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The Tacloban-born boxer prevailed in majority decision, with two judges ruling 115-113 in favor of him and one judge scoring a draw at 114-all.

"This is my dream since I was a kid, since I'm an amateur. Now I'm a professional (boxer), I am finally now a world champion," Magsayo said in the post-fight interview.

Magsayo punished Russell with powerful body shots in the first rounds of the fight, as the Filipino sensed his opponent nursing a right shoulder injury.

"That's a little bit of advantage for me because he's only using one hand and this is my opportunity to follow him through with my punches," said Magsayo.

The American pugilist had his moments in the bout, capitalizing his left hand to land some hard punches on Magsayo.

The 26-year-old Magsayo controlled Russell in the final rounds with stinging hooks and devastating combo hits to ensure his milestone win.

Russell revealed after the fight that he suffered a right shoulder injury two weeks ago in his training camp, but this did not stop him from battling Magsayo.

"I couldn't use my right arm, but I was still able to throw effective shots," Russell said, adding he wants a rematch with Magsayo if he feels.

With the victory, Magsayo continues his clean slate at 24-0 along with 16 knockouts.