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.
Unbeaten Filipino hopeful Mark Magsayo (20-0, 14) was expected to return to the ring on September 23rd to take on American fighter Jose Haro (15-1-1, 8). That bout was then delayed, before being cancelled all together, with Haro announcing his retirement from the sport, leaving Magsayo opponent-less.
Thankfully the event organisers have managed to find a replacement for Haro, and we'll see Magsayo return on October 3rd in his first bout of 2020.
The unbeaten Filipino will be taking on an awful one as the unbeaten Filipino will now take on Rigoberto Hermosillo (11-2-1, 8), who's record is underwhelming but he should present something of a test for Magsayo.
The twice beaten Mexican has lost his last 2, but did give recent world title challenger Manny Robles III a very competitive fight in May 2019. Sadly he followed up that solid performance with a clear loss to talented Ukrainian Viktor Slavinskyi.
In many ways the bout isn't supposed to be a legitimate test for "Magnifico" but more a show case of the Filipino contender, who has long been tipped for big things. Though the fact Hermosillo can ask questions, on his night, means that we could see Magsayo needing to do a little bit more than just go through the gears.
Sadly though it is a big down grade from Haro.
The bout will headline a Fox Desportes card on October 3rd live from the Microsoft Theater in LA and will hopefully kick start Magsayo's career some frustrating times in recent years. He looked set for big fights in 2016, following a win over Chris Avalos, but has seen his progress slowed by a number of issues, including a split from ALA and some backwards match making following the Avalos bout.
Sadly it appears there is another bump in the road for unbeaten Filipino hopeful Mark Magsayo (20-0, 14), who's career has certainly hasn't been plain sailing so far. Over the last few years he has been held back by ALA and fought a legal battle for his freedom, which lead to him having some real inactivity that slowed his rise through the ranks.
The hope had been a recently inked contract with MP Promotions would get Magsayo back on track and the plan had been for him to fight on September 23rd against American fighter Jose Haro (15-1-1, 8). That bout looked to be signed, sealed and delivered and looked like a great match up for Magsayo's first bout of 2020. Then it got delayed from September to October 3rd.
Sadly that bout is now off all together, with Haro announcing he had retired, due to "family matters" and wouldn't be competing against Magsayo as planned.
Haro revealed that his child didn't want him to fight any more, and given his wife is expecting another child later in the year it's understandable that his priorities in life aren't his boxing career.
At the moment the plan is still to have Magsayo compete on October 3rd, though an opponent has not yet been announced for the talented Filipino youngster. Sadly it's hard to imagine a better opponent than Haro on such short note.
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