Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. - Gary Russell Jr. (31-2-1, 18 KOs) has had a history of injuries and inactivity.
Everything caught up with him on Saturday night, when he lost his WBC featherweight title by way of a twelve round majority decision to undefeated mandatory challenger Mark Magsayo (24-0, 16 KOs).
The scores were 114-114, 115-113, 115-113 for Magsayo.
Russell, who coming in was boxing's longest reigning world champion, was returning from a near two-year layoff and was dealing with a right shoulder injury.
After the fight, Russell acknowledged the injury which forced to primarily use his left hand for the majority of the fight.
Despite the injury, Russell felt that he did more than enough to win the fight.
“I believe I have a torn tendon in my right shoulder. I haven’t competed in almost two years. This is what true champions do. I wanted to step into the ring and display my superiority regardless of the injury," Russell said.
“I gave him a boxing lesson. I gave him a boxing lesson the whole way through. I hit him clean whenever I wanted to. I couldn’t use my right arm but I was still able to throw effective shots.
“I hurt the shoulder about two weeks ago. But I went through with the fight because I’m a true champion and this is what warriors do. I’m going to fight regardless what the situation is. I refuse to not compete and display my skillsets to my fans and the people that came out to show support and love. Please believe that I will be back. I still want these fights.
“I had almost a two-year layoff. I was itching to get back in the ring and compete. I injured my shoulder about two weeks ago in the training camp. I refused to postpone this fight. I believed in my skillset and what I bring into the ring. I felt like I still won the fight to be honest."