Magsayo to defend title in Bohol homecoming bout

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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