Earlier this month RealfightPH broke the news that Mark Magsayo (21-0, 14) would be returning to action on April 10th as part of a PBC show in the US. At the time his opponent for that bout was unknown, though there had been rumours that it could have been former world title challenger Franklin Manzanilla (19-6, 18), that rumoured turned out to be false, however we do now know, thanks to the excellent Ian Melodillar, that Magsayo will be facing Pablo Cruz (21-3, 6).
Although not a well known fighter Cruz is a 34 year old American fighter dubbed "The Lethal Mosquito", who has been a professional since 2012. On paper his record looks decent, but unspectacular, and digging deeper he really doesn't have a win of note to his name. His 21 wins have mostly been against limited opponents, or inexperienced ones, such Jose Luis Graterol who he beat back in January.
It's a shame that Magsayo, who seemed to be on verge of a world title fight, isn't taking on someone more testing or notable than Cruz here. He's been on verge of something big for years, but has been unable to secure the break out fight his skills deserve. We expected better given the test he had last October, against Rigoberto Hermosillo, but instead this sadly seems like a step backwards for the 25 year old "Magnifico".
Last week RealfightPH broke the news that Mark Magsayo (21-0, 14) would be back in the ring on April 10th, as he takes on a yet to be named fighter in a bout expected to be part of a PBC show in the US.
The full details of Magsayo's bout haven't been confirmed as of yet, though rumours do swirl that he will be up against the hard hitting Franklin Manzanilla (19-6, 18), who challenged the then WBC Super Bantamweight champion Rey Vargas in 2019.
If, as assumed, the bout will be in the US it would be Magsayo's 4th bout on American soil and would see him look to build on his 2020 split decision win over Rigoberto Hermosillo, in a bout that was much more competitive than the 100-90 score card of Rudy Barragan. He'll be looking for a much more rounded performance than that, and will be hoping to actually impress the audience, rather than leaving them just a touch underwhelmed.
If Manzanilla is indeed confirmed as the opponent it will be his his third bout in the US and he'll be looking for his first victory on US soil, with his first two US bouts resulting in losses to Rey Vargas and Azat Hovhannisyan.
Full details of Magsayo's ring return are expected in the near future, including confirmation of opponent, venue and broadcaster.
Just moments ago we saw unbeaten Filipino Featherweight contender Mark Magsayo (21-0, 14) scored a very hard fought, and hotly contested, split decision win against the hard working and very game Rigoberto Hermosillo (11-3-1-1, 8).
The opening round saw Magsayo looking super sharp. It was as if was looking to not just win but look amazing on route to winning. It was a round that saw him landing gorgeous, clean punches and showing brilliant movement.
From round 2 however things began to get much tougher for Magsayo as Hermosillo began to go through the gears, landing repeated body shots to the Filipino and getting up close, where Magsayo was coming off second best. The aggression, work rate and output of Hermosillo was causing all sorts of issues for Magsayo, who landed the better punches, but was being out landed.
By the mid way point the fight had become very, very close and competitive, and it seemed to be Hermosillo with the momentum. This was frustrating Magsayo's coach, Freddie Roach, who implored his man to through more. Sadly for Magsayo when he did throw more it never seemed to hurt, or discourage Hermosillo who looked like a man possessed.
Thankfully for Magsayo he managed to get his foot on the gas late, letting shots fly in round 9, when he appeared to hurt, and then drop, Hermosillo. Sadly the referee messed up the call, and denying Magsayo a 10-8 round.
With the fight being a close one, both men seemed to put their foot on the gas in the final round, throwing an incredible amount of leather, in what was the round of the fight.
After 10 rounds it seemed that Magsayo had just done enough to take a close and competitive win. And then we went to the score cards with the first being read out as 100-90, to Magsayo. A card that looked like it had been filled in by someone who didn't watch the fight. The second card came in, 96-94, Hermosillo, a poor card but not as bad as the shut out card. Then 96-94 to Magsayo, the only card that actually reflected the fight that we saw.
The win for Magsayo will take him a step closer to a world title fight, but he still has a lot of work to do before getting a bout at that level. He showed plenty to like, but his low work rate was an issue, and his struggles on the inside also rang alarm bells. He certainly needs to tighten up defensively, work on his stamina and output offensively. He looked sharp, crisp and clean, moved well, but had some holes that really need work on before thinking about taking on some of the best in the division.
As for Hermosillo, we would love to see more of him and if any PBC related match makers are reading this, could we have Hermosillo Vs Cobia Breedy please? That would be amazing!
Later today in the US we'll see get the chance to see unbeaten Filipino Featherweight contender Mark Magsayo (20-0, 14) take on Rigoberto Hermosillo (11-2-1-1, 8) in what will be Magsayo's third bout in the US.
For fans interesting in gambling the bout has been picked up by UK bookmakers, among others, who have priced Magsayo as a clear betting favourite. In fact Magsayo is almost unbackable at a price of 1/33, whilst Hermosillo is best priced at 12/1, whilst the Draw is out there at 25/1.
Obviously for those wanting to bet a 1/33 price on the Filipino is highly unattractive, though there is perhaps more value to be had in the method of victory market.
A decision win for the talented Filipino is best priced at 1/2, which is much better than the 33/1 than you can get on him to just win. As for a stoppage, Magsayo is 7/4 to finish off Hermosillo inside the distance. As for the upset Hermosillo is a huge 16/1 to win by stoppage and an even more insane 28/1 to win by decision.
For those thinking about the Length of Bout markets, the over/under has been set at 8.5 rounds. The over is 4/11, which seems a decent price given that Hermosillo has never been stopped and Magsayo hasn't shown much bang in recent bouts. The under here is ppriced at 2/1.
Later today we'll see unbeaten Filipino hopeful Mark Magsayo (20-0, 14) battle against Rigoberto Hermosillo (11-2-1-1, 8) on a PBC show in Los Angeles. The event, which will be shown on FS1, will be Magsayo's third in the US and is expected to be one of his final bouts before getting a world title fight, something some tipped him to get several years ago, such as following his win over Chris Avalos.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in.
On the scales Magsayo was 127lbs, a full 1lb over the Featherweight limit. This is among the heavier weights of Magsayo's career, though in fairness it's not outside of what was expected, with the talented Filipino generally coming in between 126lbs and 128lbs, depending on whether he is fighting at the divisional limit or a contracted limit.
Hermosillo was also slightly above the Featherweight limit, coming in at 126.6lbs. Rather interestingly this was among the lighter weights of Hermosillo's career, with the American fighting as heavily as 130lbs during his career.
Although Magsayo will be strongly favoured here, it is worth noting that Hermosillo gave recent world title challenger Manny Robles III a very tough bout last year and, on his day, could ask real questions of Magsayo, who hasn't been in the ring in well over a year.
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