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Gary Russell Jr. vs. Mark Magsayo on January 22

American Gary Russell Jr. will make the mandatory defense of his World Boxing Council featherweight title against the Filipino Mark Mag


American Gary Russell Jr. will make the mandatory defense of his World Boxing Council featherweight title against the Filipino Mark Magsayo.

It will be an event presented by “Showtime Championship Boxing” on January 22 at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City.

Russell (31-1, 18 KOs), 33, has defended his WBC belt five times since defeating Mexico’s Jhonny González in March 2015.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Mark Magsayo (Photo: Twitter)

(23-0, 16 KOs), who is trained by Freddie Roach, is the number two contender for the WBC and is coming off an important win by defeating Mexican Julio Ceja.