Gary Russell Jr makes his first appearance in the boxing ring since February 2020 when he defends his WBC featherweight title against talented star Mark Magsayo in Atlantic City
Gary Russell Jr makes his ring return when he defends his WBC featherweight title against rising star Mark Magsayo tonight.
The American star has been out of action since defeating Tugstsogt Nyambayar – who will also compete on the card – back in February 2020 and will make his ring return in Atlantic City.
He will defend his world title against Magsayo who is considered one of the brightest prospects at featherweight having an undefeated 23-fight record.
Russell Jr has some high-profile scalps on his own record including Kiko Martinez and JoJo Diaz with his only defeat coming toback in 2014.
Also on the card Evander Holyfield’s son Evan will make the latest step on his boxing journey in his ninth professional fight against Chris Rollins.
The 24-year-old has impressed in the early stages of his blossoming career and he will want to live up to the family name set by his father who had a legendary time in the heavyweight division.
Here is all you need to know ahead of Gary Russell’s huge ring return tonight…
What time are the fights on?
Ring walks for the main event are expected to take place between 4am and 4:30am between Russell Jr and Magsayo with the rest of the main card commencing at 2am.
All fight times are subject to change with the undercard fights likely to alter the schedule based on how quickly they are completed.
How to watch via TV and live stream
The event will be shown live in the UK and in global markets on FITE TV. The event will beand has been set at a price point of around £9.50.
Coverage of the main PPV card begins at 2am and can also be accessed through its iOS and Android mobile apps, Apple TV, Android TV, ROKU, AmazonTV and Huawei apps.
Gary Russell Jr vs Mark Magsayo – featherweight
Subriel Matias vs. Petros Ananyan – Super-Lightweight
Tugstsogt Nyambayar vs. Vic Pasillas – Featherweight
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LeShawn Rodriquez vs. Sixto Suazo – Middleweight
Evan Holyfield vs. Chris Rollins – Super-Welterweight
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Gary Russell Jr : “At the end of the day, I’m a gladiator and I love what I do. I love showing the skillset that I bring to the sport of boxing. Nothing has come easy for us. This is not unfamiliar territory for me or my family.
There are no concerns about ring rust. I’m always in the gym. I haven’t taken two months off from training since I was about four or five. Boxing is not just what I do, it’s a lifestyle for me.
“If I go out there and I destroy Mark on Saturday, then the big fights that I want, those fighters won’t be in a rush to face me, not that they are now anyway. I’m always trying to give the same message when I enter the ring. I believe in intellect over athleticism, no matter the situation.
Mark Magsayo: “Gary is a really good fighter. I’ve wanted to fight him for a long time. Now the opportunity is here and I can’t wait for the fight. I’m not expecting any ring rust from Gary Russell.
“I think I’m the fighter who wants to beat him more than anyone else has. I’m here to give him his second loss on Saturday night.
“I can fight and I can adjust. I have speed just like Gary does. On Saturday, we’ll put our skills up against each other.