Magsayo to defend title in Bohol homecoming bout
Mark 'Magnifico' Magsayo ready to defend his WBO International Featherweight title in front of his fellow Boholanos.
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol --- Mark ‘Magnifico’ Magsayo puts his WBO International Featherweight title on the line against Japanese veteran Shota Hayashi in ‘Pinoy Pride 43: Battle in Bohol’ on Saturday.
Sporting an unblemished 17-0 record including 13 off knockouts, Magsayo will climb inside the ring at the Bohol Wisdom Gymnasium here with his fellow Boholanos behind him in a homecoming bout he promised to dominate.
Opening bell of the 9-bout fight card starts at 6:00 p.m. and will air live via SKY Sports pay-per-view.
The fight will be telecast on ABS-CBN at 3:30 p.m. with a primetime airing on S+A and S+A HD at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Magsayo, a 22-year-old slugger, will fight in his home province for the first time since walking away with a technical knockout win against Ernesto Fonatanilla back in 2014 in his seventh professional bout.
Coming off a successful title defense over Nicaraguan Daniel Diaz last July in Cebu, Magsayo is confident to pound another victory that could give him a golden ticket to shoot for a world title bout against WBO Featherweight champ Oscar Valdez of Mexico.
But Hayashi, 30, is on a mission to put a championship belt on his waist after losing his Japanese featherweight crown last April.
The Japanese pug parades a 30-6-1 win-loss-draw record with 18 of his wins coming off knockouts. Hayashi defeated Filipino Markquil Salvana last September.
Meanwhile, Pinoy bet Albert Pagara, who parades 28 wins (18 KOs) and a loss, will take on Tanzanian opponent Mohammed Kambuluta (17-3, 6KOs) in their non-title superbantamweight fight hoping to string his third straight win.
In other undercards, Filipino Jeo ‘Santino’ Santisima faces Indonesian Ki Chang Kim; Virgel Vitor fights John Ray Logatiman; Melvin Jerusalem collides with Jestoni Racoma; Esneth Domingo goes up against Lowell Saguisa; Rocky Fuentes clash with Ryan Tampus; Roli Gasca cross paths with Bohol bet Jason Tinampay while Christian Bacolod and Ryan Makiputin trade fists in the opening bout.
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