Magsayo retains WBO Int'l Featherweight title
Mark 'Magnifico' Magsayo successfully defended his WBO International Featherweight title for the third time.
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol --- A world title fight could be in the horizon for undefeated Mark 'Magnifico' Magsayo.
The hometown hero did not disappoint in his homecoming in this beautiful province in the Visayas as he successfully defended his WBO International Featherweight belt against Japanese challenger Shota Hayashi in a unanimous decision win Saturday in the sold out Bohol Wisdom Gymnasium here.
Magsayo got an identical 116-112 scores from the three judges to wrap up the successful staging of Pinoy Pride 43 'The Battle in Bohol'.
"Nahirapan din ako kasi di ko talaga in-expect ang tibay niya saka malakas talaga," said Magsayo, who battled a very game and tough Japanese veteran. "Matibay siya sa bodega saka sa mukha kaya medyo nahirapan ako."
The 22-year old Magsayo spoiled the birthday wish of Hayashi, who turned 30 Friday, with his 18th straight win in his return to this province famous for its majestic Chocolate Hills since his seventh win back in 2014.
With an impressive 18-0 (13 KOs) record and a good performance in his fight, Magsayo could be heading into a world title bout against WBO Featherweight champ Oscar Valdez or a eliminator on March 2018.
Hayashi dropped to 30-7-1 win-loss-draw record.
Meanwhile, 'Prince' Albert Pagara knocked out Mohammed Kambuluta of Tanzania with 2:26 in the second round.
Pagara floored Kambuluta early in the second round before finishing off the Tanzanian with a right straight for his 20th KO win in 28 victories against a lone loss.
Kambuluta dropped to 17-4 win-loss card.
Jeo 'Santino' Santisima pummeled Indonesian Ki Chang Kim to submission just 36 seconds into the opening round to score a magnificent knockout win in their junior featherweight bout.
Santisima caught Kim with two body shots that dropped the Indonesian, who never recovered from the Pinoy's devastating body blows.
Santisima improved his record to 15 wins, 14 from KOs, with two losses. Kim absorbed his fifth loss against eight wins and a draw.
In other undercard results,
Christian Bacolod opened the night with a sensational second round TKO win over Ryan Makiputin.
Bacolod floored Makiputin twice in the second round before finishing off the fight with a barrage of combinations as the referee stepped in to stop the fight, 2:50 in the round.
Roli Gasca made quick work of Boholano Jason Tinampay, knocking out the home crowd bet with a thunderous right uppercut to the jaw with 1:15 in the opening round.
Rocky Fuentes edged Ryan Tampus via unanimous decision (59-55, 60-54, 59-55) while Esneth Domingo dominated the score cards, 39-36, 40-36, 40-35, for a UD win over Lowell Saguisa.
Melvin Jerusalem outpointed Jestoni Racoma in a unanimous decision win, 80-72, 80-72, 78-74.
Another local bet in Virgel Vitor went home victorious after getting the identical 97-93 scores from the judges against John Ray Logatiman in their Junior Featherweight bout.
Complete Pinoy Pride 43 Results
Mark 'Magnifico' Magsayo def. Shota Hayashi via UD (116-112, 116-112, 116-112)
'Prince' Albert Pagara def. Mohammed Kambuluta via KO, 2:26 in the second round
Jeo 'Santino' Santisima def. Ki Chang Kim via KO, 2:24 in the first round
Virgel Vitor def. John Ray Logatiman via UD (97-93, 97-93, 97-93)
Melvin Jerusalem def. Jestoni Racoma via UD (80-72, 80-72, 78-74)
Esneth Domingo def. Lowell Saguisa via UD (39-36, 40-36, 40-35)
Roli Gasca def. Jason Tinampay via knockout, 1:15 in the first round
Rocky Fuentes def. Ryan Tampus via UD (59-55, 60-54, 59-55)
Christian Bacolod def. Ryan Makiputin via TKO, 2:50 in the second round
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