Mark Magsayo, Albert Pagara banner Pinoy Pride 41 in Cebu

Santino Honasan on May 24, 2017 02:42 PM
Mark Magsayo, Albert Pagara banner Pinoy Pride 41 in Cebu
Mark Magsayo faces Nicaragua's Daniel Diaz in the main event of Pinoy Pride 41 in Cebu this July.

ALA Boxing rising star Mark Magsayo (16-0-0, 12 KO) is set to make his main event debut as he takes on Nicaragua's Daniel "El General" Diaz (23-7-2, 15 KO) in the top-billed fight for Pinoy Pride 41 in Cebu this coming July. 

It was Magsayo's dominant first round destruction of Tanzania's Issa Nampepeche last April that earned him a spot in the main event, according to ALA Promotions CEO Michael Aldeguer. 

The 21-year old has dispatched every challenge put in front of him so far, and continues to work towards challenging bigger and bigger names. 

For his first headlining fight, the unbeaten Tacloban-native draws former a WBA world title challenger in Diaz. 

The Nicaraguan challenged Japan's Koki Kameda for the WBA world bantamweight title in Japan back in 2011. 

The 33-year old has lost only once in his last five bouts. 

Magsayo and Diaz will battle for the WBO International Featherweight championship. 

Joining Magsayo in the card will be "Prince" Albert Pagara (27-1-0, 18 KO) taking on Indonesia's Waldo Sabu (12-7, 2 KO). 

Regarded as one of the country's best young prospects, the 23-year old Pagara looks to regain the momentum he once had prior to absorbing his first career loss against Mexico's Cesar Juarez back in 2016. Pagara bounced back later that year with a unanimous decision win against Ghana's Raymond Commey.

Indonesia's Sabu is also looking to get back on track following a loss to Singaporean Muhammad Ridwan. Prior to that loss, Sabu was riding a five fight winning streak. 

Masbate's Jeo "Santino" Santisima (13-2-0, 11 KO) will also be on the card as he takes on unbeaten Tanzanian Goodluck Mrema (15-0-0, 7 KO).

One of ALA Boxing's up-and-coming young stars, Santisima is steadily moving up the ranks, currently riding an impressive eleven-fight winning streak. In his last outing, Santisima dominated Indonesia's Master Suro en route to a unanimous decision win. 

Up next for Santisima is a date with Mrema, who's won his last two outings via knockout. 

 

Pinoy Pride 41 will take place on July 8th at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City. Catch the telecast on ABS-CBN channel 2 and S+A channel 23! 

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