Magsayo edges tough Hermosillo via split decision

Mark Magsayo passed the test but isn't ready for the finals yet.

The Filipino prospect was more accurate with power shots to negate the volume punching of Mexican-American Rigoberto Hermosillo and escape with a split decision in their featherweight encounter on Saturday, October 3 (Sunday, October 4, Philippine time) at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Save for an outrageous 100-90 shutout for Magsayo by judge Rudy Barragan, the main event of the FS1 PBC Fight Night was tight to score with Dr Lou Moret siding with Hermosillo, 96-94, and Zachary Young swaying the bout for Magsayo, 96-94.

Goaded by chief trainer Freddie Roach, Magsayo pressed forward in the 9th round, landing a combination and forcing the local resident to retreat.

Hermosillo briefly touched the canvas midway of the round, though it was ruled a slip by referee Jack Reiss, and Magsayo punctuated his best moments with a left uppercut and a crisp right.

With both fighters aware the fight was tight, they gamely mixed it up in the 10th and last round. Hermosillo swinging more and Magsayo flicking rights. 

Despite a right-left combo by Hermosillo in the homestretch, Magsayo raised his arms as the final bell sounded.

He survived and stretched his win run to 21, 14 by knockouts. Hermosillo suffered his third straight decision loss and fell to 11-3-1, 8 KOs.

Subbing for Jose Haro, who heeded the call of his family to retire, in less than a month's notice, Hermosillo showed up ready to spoil Magsayo's debut under the banner of MP (Manny Pacquiao ) Promotions headed by Sean Gibbons.

His hands recoiling throughout, Hermosillo threw a total of 856 punches and landed 181 for 21 percent accuracy, according to Compubox.

Magsayo, showing defensive improvement and counterpunching prowess, unloaded less than half as many punches, 417, but connected on 136 for a high 33% connection.

Again, the issue of Magsayo's stamina came into focus as he slowed down in the middle rounds, especially in the 7th, after a strong 1st and 2nd round.

For now, Magsayo can forget about an immediate title fight. He needs another fight or two more to polish his skills, improve his lung power, and realize his dream of becoming a world champion. – Rappler.com