Jessel Mark Araula Magsayo, born on June 22, 1995, is a Filipino professional boxer who achieved significant success in his career. In 2022, he held the WBC featherweight title. As of March 2022, Magsayo’s ranking highlights his standing as the second-best featherweight in the world according to The Ring, and he is ranked third by both the TBRB and BoxRec.
Magsayo’s boxing journey started at a young age, as he began boxing at the age of 8. Before turning professional, he gained valuable experience by participating in approximately 200 amateur contests. He earned the title of “Best Boxer” twice at the annual Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) national tournaments, showcasing his talent and potential.
Transitioning to the professional ranks, Magsayo made a strong impact. He secured a series of victories, including winning the IBF Youth featherweight title by a fifth-round technical knockout. Magsayo’s impressive performances continued as he defended his titles and even faced top-ranked opponents.
Notably, Magsayo’s journey led him to face Julio Ceja in a WBC featherweight title eliminator, with the winner earning the right to challenge the reigning champion, Gary Russell Jr. Magsayo secured a remarkable tenth-round knockout victory against Ceja, a win that was selected as the Premier Boxing Champions Knockout of the Year for 2021.
Magsayo’s crowning achievement came on January 22, 2022, when he faced the long-reigning WBC featherweight champion, Gary Russell Jr. In a remarkable upset, Magsayo won his first world title by majority decision. Two judges scored the fight in his favor, while the third judge declared it a draw. Magsayo’s victory ended Russell’s seven-year title reign, making Magsayo the new WBC featherweight champion. This triumph fulfilled Magsayo’s childhood dream, and he expressed his joy and accomplishment in realizing this aspiration.
Magsayo’s rise in the boxing world, his impressive victories, and his title win have solidified his status as a respected and accomplished boxer in the featherweight division. His journey showcases his dedication, skill, and determination in pursuing his dream and achieving success at the highest level of the sport.