ALA stars Mark Magsayo, Jason Pagara look to shine in Cebu City

Santino Honasan on Apr 23, 2016 12:35 PM
ALA stars Mark Magsayo, Jason Pagara look to shine in Cebu
Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo takes on his toughest challenge to day in former world title challenger Chris "The Hitman" Avalos

Before the main events, two of ALA Boxing’s young stars look to shine in front of their hometown crowd, as Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo takes on former world title challenger Chris “The Hitman” Avalos of the United States for the vacant WBO International Featherweight Championship, while Jason “El Nino” Pagara takes on Mexico’s Miguel “Mikol” Zamudio, Saturday evening at the Cebu City Sports Complex.

Groomed to be the next big star in Pinoy boxing, the unbeaten Magsayo has shown nothing but promise in his 13 bout career, and six of his last seven bouts ending in knockouts, “Magnifico” is definitely on the right track.

In is most recent outing, Magsayo claimed the vacant WBO Youth Featherweight title against Eduardo Motoya. On Saturday night, Magsayo sets his sights on the WBO International Featherweight crown.

Should the 20-year old emerge victorious yet again, a world title should not be far off.

Avalos may have something to say about Magsayo and world titles though, as he poses the biggest challenge for the Pinoy boxer so far.

Definitely the more experienced boxer, Avalos has laced them up thirty times in his eight year pro career, and has already faced a number of Pinoy warriors such as Drian Francisco and Rolly Lunas. “The Hitman” has also won WBO NABO and Inter-Continental Superbantamweight titles.

What stands out most about Avalos though, is that he’s challenged for the world title once, and would surely like to have another crack at it. To do that though, he’ll need to get past the talented young Magsayo first.


Another young pug that’s looking to put on a show for his kababayans is Pagara, who’s on an impressive ten-fight winning streak.

Ranked as the number one junior welterweight, behind champion Terrence Crawford, “El Nino” Pagara will try to push his stock even more with a win over another dangerous challenge in Miguel Zamudio.

Winner of three of his last four bouts, Zamudio is looking to bounce back from his most recent outing, a unanimous decision loss to in Mexico.

It won’t be an easy out though, when standing in front of Zamudio is a top-ranked fighter in Pagara.


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