Magsayo knocks out Diaz, young stars shine at Pinoy Pride 41
Santino Honasan on Jul 09, 2017 12:29 AM
Mark Magsayo retains his WBO International Featherweight championship after knocking out Daniel Diaz in one round.
ALA Boxing rising star Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo needed only over a minute to dispatch Nicaraguan Daniel "El General" Diaz to remain unbeaten and retain his WBO International Featherweight championship at Pinoy Pride 41: New Generation Warriors, Saturday evening at the IEC Convention Center, Mabolo City, Cebu.
Magsayo landed a slick left-right combination that dropped Diaz a first time. Diaz answered the count, but the fighting pride of Tagbilaran put his Nicaraguan challenger down twice more, forcing referee Danrex Tapdasan to wave the fight off.
The official stoppage came in at 1:45 of the first round.
Magsayo improves to 17-0 in his young career with 13 wins coming via knockout.
In the co-main event, Jeo "Santino" Santisima also had himself a quick night, starching previously unbeaten Goodluck Mrema of Tanzania in just over a minute.
Mrema came out aggressive, charging at Santisima who absorbed a couple of shots to the body. The Pinoy weathered the storm and dropped Mrema once. Santisima caught Mrema with a shot coming in, sending the Tanzanian crashing to the mat, face first for a second and final knockdown to put a stamp on the impressive performance.
The official stoppage came at 1:18 of the first round.
Santisima improved to 14 wins and two losses, in his co-main event debut, extending his winning streak to twelve straight.
In a featured super-bantamweight contest, "Prince" Albert Pagara dissected Thailand's Patomsith Pathompothong en route to a fourth round knockout win.
Pagara, known as an aggressive knockout artist, employed a more patient gameplan, picking his shots against a game Pathompothong, who seemed content to take shots and taunt the brash Pinoy boxer.
In the fourth frame, Pagara uncorked a well-timed body shot that sent the Thai crumbling to the mat, unable to answer the ten-count.
Pathompothong needed to be stretchered out of the ring after taking the vicious body blow from Pagara, who improved his record to 28-1, with 19 wins coming via KO.
Complete Pinoy Pride 41 Results
Mark Magsayo def. Daniel Diaz via TKO, 1:45 R1 (Retains WBO International Featherweight Championship)
Jeo Santisima def. Goodluck Mrema via TKO, 1:18 R1
Albert Pagara def. Patomsith Pathompothong via KO, 2:59 R4
Joey Canoy def. Melvin Jerusalem via Unanimous Decision
Kevin Jake Cataraja def. Lony Cadayda via KO, 1:47 R1
Junrel Jimenez def. Margarito Moya via KO, 0:36 R2
Esneth Domingo def. John Kenan Villaflor via Unanimous Decision
Jino Macapobre def. Rolien Getalada via Majority Decision