FILIPINO Mark Magsayo de¬throned WBC featherweight champ Gary Russell on Satur¬day with a majority decision to end the longest championship reign in professional boxing.
The 26-year-old undefeated Magsayo won on points on two of the three judges’ scorecards as he handed Russell his first defeat since 2015. Two judges had 115-113 for Magsayo while the other scored it even, 114- 114. “This is my dream since I was a kid,” said Magsayo. “I am so proud of my country. Thank you for the support from Filipi¬no fans. Now I became a world champion.” Magsayo, who is promoted by fellow Filipino Manny Pacquiao and trained by Freddie Roach, improved to 24-0 with 16 knockouts with his upset win.— AFP