Magsayo handlers say Mark is ready for title

Whatever you say, but the handlers of Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo say he is ready for the big time.

The handlers of Magsayo said they are preparing the Boholano boxer for a title shot sometime next year. The camp is eyeing a possible title shot against the reigning and defending World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Oscar Valdez.

ALA Boxing Coach Edito Villamor told ABS-CBN the camp of Magsayo will not hesitate to grab any opportunity to go after Valdez’s crown. With the right timing, Magsayo can have his title shot, right away.

“Depende ‘yun sa organization. Ang plano ni sir Michael Aldeguer (ALA Boxing Promotions president) kailangan munang bigyan ng isang tune-up before ‘yung isang malaking laban,” Villamor said. (It depends on the organization. The plan of sir Michael Aldeguer is to give (Magsayo) another tune-up before the big fight.)

“Pero kung may opportunity daw for a world title fight, kailangan daw i-grab.” (If there is an opportunity for a world title fight, we need to grab it.)

The coach said: “Anumang dumating, mag-aadapt kami. Ang magiging trabaho namin is prepare na lang namin sya (Magsayo).” (Whatever comes, we need to adapt. Our job is to prepare him (Magsayo))

Magsayo is currently ranked by the WBO as the number 2 contender in the featherweight division.

The Magnifico from Booy district just pummeled his way against seasoned Japanese pugilist Shota Hayashi a couple of weeks ago at the Bohol Wisdom Gym.

He was able to rake enough points during the fight to eke out a slim unanimous decision win over Hayashi.

After the bout, mixed reactions came out on the chances of the wonder boy from Bohol to figure in a world title shot.

Boxing analyst lawyer Ed Tolentino said Magsayo needs to get a tune-up match against any of the top 10 contender before getting a shot at Valdez.

“Personally, I’d like to see him in a fight against a top 10 contender before Valdez,” Tolentino said.

The analyst added: “I do believe that a top 10 contender would give Magsayo the best preparation for a title fight. Better than what Hayashi provided.”


Two renowned local boxing analysts remain unconvinced after the recent fight. They don’t think Magsayo is ripe enough to get a crack at the world title.

There is no denying Magsayo has been reckless during the Hayashi fight, but he has shown some measure of control and tremendously improved.

There were moments where he was an open target as he primed himself to make a statement blow.

Inquirer columnist Recah Trinidad puts it correctly “Magsayo might need a few more big fights in order to mature.”

“We won’t know until he fights one of the world champions,” said Dong Secuya, founder and chief editor of

“We know he has the potential,” he added. “Hopefully he will not end up like Jason Pagara who has more than 40 wins but has yet to fight a top-caliber fighter.”


A lot has been said about the recent performance of Magsayo. Some have questioned whether the boy from Booy already lost his luster.

Magsayo, who was at the Senate last week, was given a citation via a resolution of the Senators.

He was accompanied at the Senate by his wife and the first lady of the City of Tagbilaran Jane Cajes-Yap.

Magsayo’s exploits earned the praise of the Senate, but for boxing fans something is not right. Some can’t put their finger on what is wrong with Magsayo during the fight.

Mark was up against a smart and experienced fighter, in Hayashi, who wanted to bring the match to the distance.

It was no secret that Hayashi wanted to test the stamina of the young Boholano.

Despite the efforts, Magsayo wasn’t able to make the solid shots that made him a famous knockout artist. Hayashi was too smart to fall down and become just another prey.

Moreso, Hayashi exposed some of the weaknesses in the fighting style of the young Boholano. It is time for Magsayo’s camp to address the key weaknesses, if a title shot is in the offing.

Magsayo is a great puncher, but he lacks defense, which can signal his downfall and extinction in the boxing scene.




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