Gary Russell on Mark Magsayo’s power: Useless if you can’t hit your target

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Gary Russell Jr. (left) and Mark Magsayo.

Gary Russell Jr. (left) and Mark Magsayo. AFP FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines—Mark Magsayo is a certified knockout artist having collected 16 stoppages in his perfect 23-0 career.

Gary Russell Jr., however, is undaunted by the Filipino’s power.

“None of that matters if you can’t hit your target, though. If you can’t land effectively, it doesn’t really matter, it doesn’t really matter how hard you can punch,” said Russell in a virtual press conference.

“I don’t have any concerns with Magsayo’s power.”

Russell (31-1-0) will defend his WBC World featherweight title against Magsayo on January 22 at Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City and the 33-year-old will go into the fight carrying a seven-fight winning streak.

The southpaw from Maryland in the United States has been the WBC’s 126-pound champion since March 2015 and the only loss of his career was against…

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