This really has been a crazy week for fights and we can't believe we're still looking at the bouts that took place last weekend, but we are as we look back on Saturday's bout between Mark Magsayo (21-0, 14) and Rigoberto Hermosillo (11-3-1, 8). The contest, shown on FS1 in the US and as part of the ESPNKnockout in certain Latin American territories, was seen as a chance for Magsayo to make a name for himself in the US and show what he could do in front of an audience that hadn't seen him before. But did he managed that? Did he shine? Or was the bout not one that the way he, and his team expected?
Lets find out as we discuss our Five Take Aways from the bout.
1-Magsayo looked damn sharp...early on
In the opening round we were really impressed by how sensation Magsayo looked. He looked amazing both defensively and offensively, his movement looked easy and on point, his punching was razor sharp, and he was picking his spots with easy, landing clean, powerful counters and looked like a star in the making. If fans had never seen Magsayo before this first round would have convinced many that he was a future star. Sadly though as the bout went on he really looked more and more average and less "Magnifico". It was a shame that he couldn't keep up such an amazing start.
2-Punch numbers looked very suspect
One thing that PBC have tried to include are punch numbers, and this bout had them in the bottom left corner. As least they had what were supposed to be punch numbers. The reality is that these seemed so inconsistent, in accurate and wrong that they were essentially useless. We love the idea of having punch numbers, and we love numbers and data in general, but live punch numbers always seem to be wrong and at the moment they really aren't worth the screen space they take up. They MIGHT be right, we've not bothered to rewatch the fight counting punches, but they really didn't seem to be reflecting what we were seeing and seemed to be added rather arbitrarily at times. We've often felt that punch numbers should be done post fight only and should be done in slow motion only, with numbers published a day or two after bouts, and should never, ever be shown live.
3-Hermosillo is a monster!
We were expecting to be raving about Magsayo, and how he shone in his big chance to impress. Sadly though we were won over by Rigoberto Hermosillo who looked like an absolute monster in there. He lacked major power and was technically flawed and some what slow, but his output, desire and determination were incredible. He kept coming forward, kept through throwing, and forced his will and style on the fight. Whilst he was second best in terms of skills he was the man making the fight and, in all honesty, he's the one we were left wanting to see again. His style is fan friendly, his work rate is great and he will make or some great fights. If PBC are smart they will be getting him on under-cards in the future, and we really would love to see Hermosillo Vs Cobia Breedy.
4-Freddie Roach and Mark Magsayo haven't yet clicked
Freddie Roach is one of the most legendary trainers in the sport, and the success he has had in the sport speaks for it's self. Notably however he has also failed to get the best from some fighters, and we do wonder whether he can get the best from Magsayo. Here it seemed like he was imploring for Magsayo to show him more and put his foot on the gas, with Magsayo not doing so. We do wonder whether there is perhaps a little bit of a disconnected between fighter and trainer. It needs to be noted that they haven't been working together long, and Magsayo really did look amazing at times, but we are apprehensive about this partnership and do worry that this isn't the best fit for Magsayo and his ability.
5-The judges were all over the place!
We, like many others, felt this was a very close bout. It was competitive through out, hotly contested, but in the end Magsayo had done enough to edge it. We have no idea what Rudy Barragan was watching, with his 100-90 card for Magsayo, or Lou Moret, who some how had the bout to Hermosillo. In an ideal world both judges would be pulled in front of the commission and told to explain their scores, held to account, and potentially stripped of their judging licenses. Instead it was just another weekend in boxing and they'll be back with a scorecard in their hands sooner rather than later. There is absolutely no defense for having that bout a shut out, and any one who is scoring that 100-90 needs to be quizzed on how they score a fight. 96-94 to Hermosillo is bad, but much, much more understandable than the shut out to Magsayo. Just awful, awful scorecards from those two.
Bonus - Magsayo is NOT a puncher
One thing FS1 kept pushing was that Magsayo was a "power puncher". He's not. Yes he entered this bout with a 70% KO rate, but he's not a puncher. What he is a solid handed guy, who lands a lot, has a good work rate, and will break guys down. He's not feather fisted, by any means, but he's also not a concussive KO artist who will destroyer fighters with one or two clean shots. He's been the 12 round distance with fighters like Pungluang Sor Singyu, a former Bantamweight champion, Shota Hayashi, a former Japanese Featherweight champion, and Ramiro Robles, all of whom have been stopped. He's a very, very, crisp puncher, but don't confuse that for a power puncher.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).