It's fair to say that 2020 has seen a number of hopefuls and contenders have had their climbs up the rankings slowed massively this year. One of those is unbeaten Filipino hopeful Mark Magsayo (20-0, 14), who signed with MP Promotions back in March. Coming in to the year the hope was for Magsayo to advance towards a world title fight through 2020 and be on the verge of a huge fight next year. Sadly however his career, like many others, has been on ice due to the on going global situation.
Now however multiple Filipino sites, including the reliable Philstar, are reporting that Magayo's next bout has been pencilled in, with Magsayo beginning to step up his training for the bout.
The reports suggest that Magsayo's next bout is set to take place on September 23rd and will be at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles as part of a PBC show.
Not only are the date and venue said to be set but so too is his opponent with American fighter Jose Haro (15-1-1, 8) said to have been selected as Magsayo's opponent.
The bout hasn't been officially confirmed, though is expected to be officially announced in the coming days.
If the bout is made the contest will be Magsayo's third professional bout in the US, , where he stopped Yardley Armenta Cruz inside a round and beat Ramiro Robles with a 12 round decision. Whilst it will be Haro's second bout since his tragic 2017 contest with Joshua Franco.
Earlier today we we learned some details for the upcoming Pinoy Pride 26 event that will be promoted by ALA.
The details are scant for now but from the details we have we know that the show will be held on June 21st at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. The main event will feature the world ranked Jason Pagara (33-2, 20) who will be matched with a Mexican foe, who is still to be named.
Jason's younger brother Albert Pagara (20-0, 14) will be in the chief support bout, though again his opponent has not yet been named.
A third notable ALA fighter on the show will be former world title challenger AJ Banal (30-2-1, 21) and, as with the Pagara brother's, his opponent has not yet been named.
As well as the trio of bigger names we are expecting some of ALA's promising young prospects to be in action with the likes of Mark Magsayo (6-0, 4) or Reymi Castellano Aleye (5-0, 2) both wanting to be kept active this year.
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Earlier today the Cebu Daily News reported the expected match ups from the ALA show "Pinoy Pride XXII".
The show held at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino is to take place on October 26th and feature two major bouts.
In the headline bout the unbeaten Genesis Servania (22-0, 8) faces former world title challenger Rafael Concepcion (18-6-1, 8). Filipino fans may remember Concepcion giving Nonito Donaire a hard time a few years back and we'd expect him to give Servania an equally tough contest.
In the co-main event the very promising Arthur Villanueva (23-0, 13) defends his unbeaten record and like Servania he is also facing a former world title challenger as he battles Mexican Jose Cabrera (22-3-2, 10). Cabrera, who fought Omar Andres Narvaez last year for the WBO Super Flyweight title should prove to be a good test for Villanueva.
The chief undercard bout sees former OPBF champion Roli Gasca (20-4-1, 5) taking on Indonesian Lande Olin (11-4, 7). Olin, who was stopped last time out in the Philippines by Diarh Gabutan will be fighting for the first time in just over a year.
The rest of the details on the undercard have mentioned that Mark Vincent Bernaldez (11-0, 7) will face Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth (10-5-1, 5) and the very promising Jessel Mark Magsayo (3-0, 2) will face fellow Filipino Hagibis Quinones (3-10-1, 2). Saying all that however Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth is also thought to be on a card, the following week, in Korea.
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