'Magnifico' Magsayo out to prove he's worthy of bigger fights
Santino Honasan on Apr 29, 2017 11:05 AM
Mark Magnifico and Issa Nampepeche pose for the media after making weight for Pinoy Pride 40: Domination
ALA Boxing promotions standout Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo remains unbeaten after 15 professional fights, and on April 29th, the 21-year old hopes to make it 16 straight wins, and he also hopes to be able to prove that he's ready for brighter lights and bigger fights.
A year ago, Magsayo had what many would argue as his breakout performance against former world title contender Chris Avalos.
After getting rocked and nearly stopped by Avalos early, the Tacloban native rallied back to score a dramatic sixth-round knockout win that had everyone at the Cebu City Sports Complex on their feet.
Many believed that Magsayo was set for bigger names after arguably his biggest win yet, but then at Pinoy Pride 38 in the United States, he found himself having a hard time putting away a late-replacement opponent in Ramiro Robles.
"Matibay lang siya, kaya niyang tanggapin yung mga suntok ko, kaya umabot ng 12. Napatumba ko siya ng dalawang beses diba, nung round two tsaka round seven pero talagang inisip niya na aabot ng twelve, kaya ganun yung nangyari. (He was just really tough, took all of my punches, that's why it went to 12 rounds. I dropped him twice, in round two and round seven, but he really wanted to fight on until the final round, so that's what happened.)" Magsayo said of his performance in the US.
Make no mistake about it, Magsayo dominated that fight from bell to bell, but just couldn't stop Robles, like many expected him to.
While promoter, Michael Aldeguer of ALA Promotions said that they aren't planning to rush Magsayo's development, the boxer himself believes that he's ready and is planning to use his fight at Pinpy Pride 40: Domination against Tanzania's Issa Nampepeche as a step to show that he's worthy of the big names and the big fights.
"Para gumanda yung record ko tsaka mapakita ko sa mga tao pwede ako, karapat-dapat akong lumaban sa mga title fight. (To improve my record, and to show people that I'm ready and I'm deserving of title fights)" Magsayo said during the pre-fight press conference.
Magsayo added that it's his defense that he's been working on, since it was a pinpointed by his boss and coaches as something that needs to be improved.
Saturday night, Magsayo gets the best chance to prove that he is indeed ready for the big time.
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.