MARK Magsayo shook off a long layoff and walked away with a close split decision over Mexican Rigoberto Hermosillo in an action-packed 10-round bout on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Magsayo rallied late in the fight and got the nod of two of the three judges. Judge Rudy Barragan had a lopsided score of 100-90 and judge Zachary Young had it 96-94 for Magsayo, while judge Lou Moret scored it 96-94 the other way.
Magsayo, who now trains under legendary coach Freddie Roach, picked his punches well and was very accurate with his shots. Hermosillo swarmed him with volumes of punches, but he defended them well.
The 25-year-old Magsayo, who came off a 13-month hiatus, picked up the pace in the ninth round. He landed a huge combination that wobbled and dropped Hermosillo, which was ruled a slip. He continued to be very effective in the 10th round and ended the fight strong.
“First of all, I want to thank God for this victory and I want to thank coach Freddie, who taught me in this training camp,” Magsayo said after the fight. “Hermosillo is a tough guy. He’s a good fighter, but it was my night and I won the fight.”
Roach felt Magsayo did enough to get the victory but he also felt they have a lot of work to do inside the gym for him to become a championship level fighter.
“He’s one of the best punchers in the gym. He knocks people down all the time but he must let his hands go more. He needs to throw more combination and more power. But he did enough to win the fight and I’m grateful for that,” said Roach.
Magsayo is closing in on a world title shot. He’s ranked No. 4 in both the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight division. One of the champions that he wants to challenge is Gary Russell Jr., who currently holds the WBC belt.
“Gary Russell. We would love to fight him. But the thing is we need a lot more work in the gym. We’re going to get it but we need more time. We need to connect a little bit better. He didn’t follow my lead as much as I wanted him to,” said Roach.
Magsayo remains unbeaten, improving to 21-0 with 14 knockouts, while the 28-year-old Hermosillo suffered his third straight loss and dropped to 11-3-1 with eight knockouts.
On the other hand, Filipino-Mexican twins Angel and Chavez Barrientes were victorious in the undercard.
Angel (4-0, 3 KOs) beat Fernando Ibarra (2-4) by unanimous decision, while Chavez (4-0, 3 KOs) defeated Ivan Varela via unanimous decision. (EKA)