Earlier today Filipino fans at the Cebu City Sports Complex got a genuine treat as local star, and highly touted prospect, Mark Magsayo (14-0, 11) got given a proper acid test against former world title challenger Chris Avalos (26-5, 19). The bout was viewed as a step up in class for Magsayo, but one that he was heavily favoured to win, what few expected was an all out war.
From the opening seconds Magsayo looked like a man looking to make light work of the American,and in round 2 it seemed like time was running out Avalos, who was given a genuine beating for the round. In round 3, with Magsayo hunting a stoppage, he was himself put down, and looked out on his feet with Avalos just not having the time, before the bell to see off the Filipino youngster. If there was another minute left in the round that could easily have been it for Magsayo.
Despite the horror ending to round 3 Magsayo looked full recovered in round 4, a round that saw both men engage in an all out war, with Magsayo showing great powers of recuperation.
In round 5 it was Magsayo's turn to score a knockdown, with Avalos being rocked, dropped and badly damaged. Really that should have been the end but Avalos' team threw their man back out for round 6, a round in which he was given a further beating forcing the referee to wave off the boat, as the towel came in.
The bout was a thriller, it was a bout that proved Magsayo could step up, could come back from adversity, but wasn't ready for a world title fight, and needs to work on his survivors instinct, with his failure to hold and spoil making him very lucky to see out the dreadful round 3. Of course this is a huge step forward but now it's time to work on the flaws that were exposed from the youngster.
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