Pinoy Pride 31: The future looks bright for Mark Magsayo

Milan Ordoņez on Jul 10, 2015 09:41 AM
Pinoy Pride 31: The future looks bright for Mark Magsayo
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ALA Boxing has successfully built a reputation as the premiere boxing stable in the country, producing the most talented crop of fighters in the game today.

One of its top prospects: Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo.

The 20-year old featherweight from Tacloban, Leyte holds an undefeated win-loss slate so far, with a record of 10-0. Eight of those victories ended by TKO, with four happening in the first round.

On Saturday at Pinoy Pride 31, Magsayo will be taking on the biggest test of his career as he faces gritty Mexican Rafael Reyes for the vacant IBF Youth featherweight title. And for “Magnifico”, it is a task that he plans to complete with flying colors.

“Itong laban na ‘to, pinaka importante para sa’kin kasi isa ‘tong malaking break para sakin. Kaya pagbubutihan ko at mananalo ako sa laban na ‘to,” the soft-spoken Magsayo said during the pre-fight press conference on Thursday.

Rightfully, ALA Boxing President and CEO Michael has recognized Magsayo’s efforts, and has promised a brighter future for one of his prized wards.

“I’ve seen him years ago, and he’s someone we’ve never seen before,” said Aldeguer. “He’s showed tremendous potential in the amateurs. Right now, in the pros, he’s the same in the explosiveness we’ve expected. But again, you need one fight to define what he’s really made of.”

“You can do really well in the workout, in the gym, but when you’re out there with the bright lights, the expectations are high, you wouldn’t know,” he continued. “But we believe in Mark. If he does well now, we finally got a license for California, we’re working on a big event, we’re looking at October at StubHub Center in L.A. So that will be his next fight, he’ll be part of that show.”

“We’ll see how he does on Saturday.”

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