Mark Magsayo a 'work in progress' says promoter
Santino Honasan on Apr 28, 2017 11:44 PM
"Mark will get there, as long as he puts his head in place, which I think he is, he's a disciplined fighter and he works hard, but he's still very young." - Michael Aldeguer on Mark Magsayo
Every time that Tagbilaran's Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo is on a Pinoy Pride card, the label of 'prospect' or 'next big thing' is always brought up, and for good reason.
At just 21 years old, the ALA Boxing Gym standout is 15-0-0 with eleven knockouts to his name.
The kid is indeed impressive, and boxing fans and experts have already called for 'Magnifico' to get high-profile fights.
ALA Promotions President ant CEO Michael Aldeguer however, believes that there's no reason to fast-track Magsayo's development as a fighter.
Speaking at the Pinoy Pride 40: Domination press conference, Aldeguer addressed why they aren't rushing to put "Magnifico" against the best of the best just yet.
"Mark, no question, has the potential to be a world champion, a star in this sport. His style is exciting, he's explosive, he had one of his best fights ever when he did it against [Chris] Avalos, but he's still young." said Aldeguer. "From a promoter's standpoint, you know that he's still a work in progress. Mark, he could be or he can't be, it depends, but he has all the potential, he has the right attitude, as long as it doesn't go to his head, I know that he'll be a great fighter, but there's no point in rushing him."
The fight that Aldeguer alluded to was Magsayo's breakout performance against former world title challenger Chris Avalos back in April of 2016. The more experienced Avalos had Magsayo in danger during the early rounds, but the Pinoy rallied back and knocked Avalos out in the sixth round.
For Aldeguer, that fight showed that while Magsayo no doubt has the makings of a future world champion, there are also a lot of things that the kid needs to work on.
"I think we saw some scenarios where he was dominating the fight with Avalos, it was a great fight, he knocked him out, it was one hell of a fight, be he also had a lot of things in his armor that he needs to work on, and there's no point in rushing him."
"Mark will get there, as long as he puts his head in place, which I think he is, he's a disciplined fighter and he works hard, but he's still very young." Aldeguer added.
As with all up-and-coming athletes in any given sport or field, a match or competition is always the best way to showcase development, and Aldeguer believes that Magsayo's fight at Pinoy Pride 40 on Saturday is a step towards proving that he is indeed worthy of the bigger fights.
"Mark, as long as he's there and he keeps up what he's doing, like this fight on Saturday, people keep saying it might be a walk in the park, it may not be too. If Mark can't dominate him, then there's no point in putting Mark against more world-caliber fighters."
Aldeguer believes that developing world class talent from undeniable potential is a step-by-step process, and that belief comes from past misjudgements.
"We have to be realistic in terms of how we're able to build fighters like that because we've also learned our lesson in the past, but it's also because I feel there's also a good transition to the right time."
At just 21 years of age, Magsayo has a long way to go and a lot of boxing to do. Many believe that he will be a future world champion, and he's on the right trajectory. Magsayo's success will depend on the harmony of his hard work and his promoter's right judgment.
Aldeguer conlcluded by saying that should Magsayo take care of business impressively at Pinoy Pride 40, he could be the top bill on July's Pinoy Pride card.
Mark Magsayo takes on Tanzania's Issa Napepeche at Pinoy Pride 40: Domination at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu.
Catch the telecast of Pinoy Pride 40: Domination on Sunday, April 30, 3:30 pm on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 8:00 PM on S+A channel 23.