UNDEFEATED Mark Magsayo is in for a tough assignment as he faces former world champion Julio Ceja in the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Errol Spence fight on Aug. 21 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Magsayo and Ceja will be fighting in a World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight title eliminator.
The winner becomes the mandatory challenger of reigning WBC featherweight king Gary Russell Jr.
Magsayo is rated No. 5 by the WBC, while Ceja is 11th.
The 26-year-old Magsayo last saw action on April 10 in Uncasville, Connecticut. He stopped Pablo Cruz in four rounds.
Ceja is eager for a victory after losing two of his last two fights. He settled to a split draw with World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion Brandon Figueroa in his last fight on Nov. 11, 2019. Before that, he lost back-to-back fights with Guillermo Rigondeaux and Franklin Manzanilla.
Ceja owns wins over Anselmo Moreno and Hugo Ruiz.
Magsayo is 22-0 with 15 knockouts, while Ceja is 32-4-1 with 28 knockouts.
Magsayo is currently training at the Wild Card Gym under Pacquiao’s coach, Freddie Roach.
It’s a dream come true for Magsayo to be able to fight in the same event as his idol, Pacquiao. Magsayo was drawn into boxing after seeing Pacquiao’s fight with Marco Antonio Barrera on TV as a young kid in Tagbilaran City. (EKA)