Magsayo faces Cruz in April PBC show

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HIGHLY world-ranked featherweight Mark Magsayo joins fellow Filipino, International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas, in a stacked Premier Boxing Champions show on April 10, 2021 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA.

The 25-year-old Magsayo takes on veteran Pablo Cruz in the undercard.

Magsayo, a native of Bohol, is now based in the US and is training under the tutelage of Hall-of-Fame coach Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.

Magsayo last saw action on Oct. 3, 2020 and beat Rigoberto Hermosillo via split decision at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Magsayo is currently one of the hottest featherweight prospects right now. He’s just a few wins away from fighting for a world championship.

Magsayo is currently the No. 7 ranked featherweight in The Ring rankings. He’s rated No. 3 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), No. 5 by the IBF, No. 6 by the World Boxing Council and No. 9 by the World Boxing Association.

The 34-year-old Cruz was very active in the past year despite the Covid-19 pandemic. He fought three times in 2020 and had a fight just last January.

Cruz has not fought any notable names, but he owns two wins over one-time world title challenger William Gonzalez. He’s coming off a unanimous decision over Jose Luis Graterol.

Magsayo is 21-0 with 14 knockouts, while Cruz is 21-3 with six knockouts.

Meanwhile, Ancajas (32-1-2, 22 KOs) defends his IBF super flyweight against Mexican challenger Jonathan Javier Rodriguez (22-1, 16 KOs) in one of the main featured fights.

The main event features a 12-round fight between welterweight contenders Jaron Ennis and Sergey Lipinets. (EKA)