Mark Magsayo's dominance rewarded with first headlining spot
"We wanted to see a spectacular domination by Mark, and I think he dominated the fight." - ALA Promotions CEO and President Michael Aldeguer on Mark Magsayo's win over Issa Nampepeche at Pinoy Pride 40
During the leadup to Pinoy Pride 40, one of the more interesting stories to come out was how ALA Promotions is approaching things when it comes to the career of unbeaten up-and-comer Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo.
ALA Promotions President and CEO Michael Aldeguer called Magsayo "a work in progress" and said that they felt no need to rush the 21-year old.
Aldeguer added that his fight against Tanzania's Issa Nampepeche at Pinoy Pride 40 would be a good test to see how Magsayo will be handled moving forward.
Well on fight night, Magsayo made a definite statement by needing only two minute to stop Nampepeche in his tracks.
Magsayo picked up his 16th professional win and his 12th win via KO, and provided the people in attendance at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu the highlight reel that they were looking for.
"Masaya ako kasi na-impress yung mga tao sa laban ko, tapos maganda yung pagka-knockout. Maganda para sa record ko. (I'm happy that people were impressed with my fight, and the knockout was good. It's a good thing for my record.)" Magsayo said after the fight.
As it turns out, the people weren't the only ones impressed by Magsayo's performance.
The Tacloban-native's dominant win just earned him the headlining spot at July 8's Pinoy Pride 41 card in Cebu, according to Aldeguer.
"He's gonna headline the July 8 event. That's his first headline event," Aldeguer said after Pinoy Pride 40.
"We wanted to see a spectacular domination by Mark, and I think he dominated the fight." Aldeguer added.
"Dominated" is an understatement.
Magsayo, who believes that he's ready for the bigger fights, will no doubt be getting a big fight in his first headliner in July. He gets another chance to prove why people call him ALA Boxing's 'next big thing.'